Delving into the Kiwano or Horned Melon
You’re probably wondering how long it takes to grow kiwano or horned melon, right? It’s natural to be curious about a fruit with such an unusual appearance.
What is a Kiwano or Horned Melon?
First of all, let’s establish what we’re talking about here – the kiwano, also known as the horned melon. It has a hard spiky outer layer that encloses juicy green flesh inside. The taste is often described as a cross between cucumber and zucchini.
Where Do They Grow?
Kiwano or horned melons are native to Africa but are now grown in several other countries across the world, including New Zealand, Australia and certain parts of California.
When planting these fruits from seeds (which you can find at many online stores), expect them to germinate within 4-10 days when kept in temperatures between 75°F and 85°F.
Like most plants, growing kiwanos requires patience; they take anywhere from 70-100 days until maturity.
Once planted in well-draining soil with nutrients added for extra care such as composting material mixed in water due every two weeks will ensure healthy growth. Watering should be done once per week unless there is drought-like weather conditions which may require more watering than usual.
After flowering appears (typically around day 45) start fertilizing with appropriate potassium-rich fertilizer every two weeks until harvest time arrives around day 90-110!
In conclusion-growing kiwanos might seem like an arduous process but trust us; it’s worth it for that fresh crisp texture of something resembling cucumber and zucchini combined!