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CUCUMBER African Horned |

CUCUMBER African Horned - CUCUMIS metuliferus

Heirloom

SKU: V 320
Stock: In Stock
Restrictions: NZ Prohibited

Family: Cucurbitaceae
Characteristics: Annual creeping vine

Seed per packet: 30
Seed per gram: 68

Size:
$4.25 AUD Excl. GST

An orange spiky cucumber with a subtle banana and passionfruit flavour.
African horned cucumber is a traditional food plant indigenous to Southern and Central Africa that can be eaten young, mature green or when yellow ripe. can be eaten fresh, made into juice, or used in a fruit salad. 

The fruit's seeds are covered in a gelatine-like substance with a slight sweetness. Boiling it until soft the fruit can be made into a jelly by straining it and again boiling the fruit pulp with a cup of sugar for each cup of water. 

A long keeper it is believed to have arrived in Australia with Boer War soldiers it is also known as Kiwano or Jelly Melon.

Cucumbers are a warm-season crop; they will thrive when grown under full sun. The best way to sow them is in well-drained soil with compost and mature animal manure mixed trough.
Sow 2-3 seeds in a mound and thin to the strongest two directly in the garden 10mm deep and 50cm apart, with rows 100cm apart. Keep soil moist and avoid drying out.
Germination occurs in around 5-10 days at an optimum soil temperature of 18-34°C
Tropical: Spring and Autumn
Temperate: Spring and Summer.
Cool climate: Late Spring and summer.

Please do not be too hasty to discard seeds that do not germinate; seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural germination requirements.
As with all seeds, they must have adequate water to keep them moist but not too wet.

Please note:
These growth notes are provided as guidance only and do not guarantee successful germination.

If you are uncertain about the requirements for importing seeds into your country, do not hesitate to contact our Export Manager at Australian Seed.

Being a registered Export Establishment, we have an officer who can help you obtain Phytosanitary certificates if needed.

It is important to note that the buyer is responsible for clearing the goods through customs and paying all associated charges, including import fees and taxes. Please note that we cannot accept returns due to Australian quarantine restrictions.
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