African Horned Cucumber

Cucumis metuliferus


Standard seed packet, 30 seeds

$1.50
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African Horned Cucumber

Cucumis metuliferus


  • Native to Africa
  • Very unusual fruit
  • Banana and lime like flavour


Climbing vine native to Africa with very unusual green thorned fruit that mature to a bright orange/yellow colour. Fruit can be eaten at any stage but mature fruit has the best flavour. Mature fruit has jelly like flesh with a flavour is similar to a mix of banana, lime and cucumber. Is most commonly eaten as a fruit, a garnish or juiced. Fruit stores well and is often used as a decoration. Easy to grow. Also known as Jelly Melon, hedged gourd or melano


How to sow and grow:

Method: Sow direct or raise seedlings
Sowing Depth: 10mm
When: Spring(or after frost) and summer
Germination: 14-21 days @ 20-35°C
Hardiness / Life Cycle: Frost tender Annual
Row Spacing: 120cm
Plant Spacing: 40cm
Position: Full sun, moist well drained soil
Days to Maturity/Flowering: 120 days
*Notes: Can be grown on ground or as a climber. Pick regularly to encourage more fruit. Avoid overhead watering.

(Product number: F3-13)


SKU F3-13
Shipping Weight 0.0011kg
Botanical name: Cucumis metuliferus
Packet type: Standard seed packet
Packet quantity: 30 seeds
Photo credits:

Photo by Janet Hudson / CC BY 2.0

Photo by Eran Finkle / CC BY 2.0

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