Native to the Kalahari Desert, Africa
African Horned Melon
Jelly Melon, Horngurke, Hedgehog Gourd, Melano, African Horned Cucumber
You are bidding on * fresh seeds shipped from Hawaii.
Originally in the African Kalahari
desert region, now cultivated throughout the world. As the focus of
cultivation with New Zealand, Israel and Kenya is distributed in
climates that Kiwano throughout the year is usually available on the
European market over.
Kiwano melon has a jelly-like flesh with a sweet/tart flavor that's a mix of bananas, lime
and cucumber. It's eaten by cutting the melon in half and scooping out the flesh to eat
raw or add to desserts or salads. When picked green and fully ripened, the fruit tastes
like a mix of cucumber and Kiwifruit, dashed with a banana-like flavor mix of melon and
lime. Cut open, it has a look is reminiscent of a cucumber.
Exposure: Full Sun
has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling
Bloom Color: Pale Yellow
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Summer/Early Fall
Foliage: Evergreen, Herbaceous,
Other details: Requires consistently moist
soil; do not let dry out between waterings
known as the Horned Melon, Melano, African Horned Cucumber, Jelly Melon, Hedged Gourd,
and/or English Tomato) is a fruit native to a region of the Kalahari Desert.
spiky, golden-orange shell encases a soft, succulent, seed-filled emerald green interior.
The empty Kiwano melon shell half can be used as a unique serving dish, but shouldn't be
The warty-prickly skin and an
interesting coloring demanding nothing less than a use as a decorative
object. The pulp of 10-15 cm long fruit is green and is eaten raw. About the
edibility of the fruit ranging opinions of banana-lemony-to inedible bitter
or bland. The latter will have its base in the spread of wild plants seeds,
which are in Africa because of the unpleasant taste only in "lean times"
In any case, the fruit contains a lot of water and durability in a dry,
cool place. However, a stay in the refrigerator has the opposite effect, it
accelerates the destruction of Kiwano.
Like all known conventional cucumber is also Horngurke one year,
climbing climber, which can take enormous space by its rapid growth in a
From a size of about 0.5 m numerous side shoots are formed,
a generously-built grids or tensioned wire is therefore necessary. If
the plant has no way to grow up, it spreads like a groundcover until a
way is found rank. The leaves can reach approximately 15 cm in diameter
and are, like the stalk covered with fine, sharp spines. Particularly in
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As a monoecious plant each copy bears male and female flowers. The male
almost always be several in the leaf axils. The female, however are
mostly individually and are also characterized by a highly visible,
broad, with the typical "spikes" occupied ovary. Some plants will later
carry up to 100 ripe fruits; Normally, the number is but less than the
All good things
take time, so I grow my plants and rare palms in
Much more to check out or just get a little
education on in my store.
ATTENTION USA BIDDERS!
All bare-root live plants shipped are wrapped in moist sphagnum moss to ensure the plant's healthy transit to you. All live plants are Inspected By USDA Plant Inspectors before
they are shipped to insure you get healthy pest free plants and seeds.
We ship via USPS Mondays-Wednesday with Delivery confirmation.
All plant materials are required by LAW to inspected and certified by USDA prior to export Hawaii to the US Mainland.
After Inspection, USDA stamps released for export Hawaii to the US Mainland. All items are delivered to USDA Inspection Station at
Honolulu International airport.
USDA Certification charge
is included in Shipping and Handling @ $5 fee per item/species.
There is a packing and custom boxing fee.
Last and usually least is
USPS postage (shipping)
ATTENTION INTERNATIONAL BIDDERS!
We can ship certified live plants to the US only. Only Domestic Shipping and Handling includes
– Please Note:
The additional charge ($75US) for any Phytosanitary Certificate
is not included in this offer.
Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility.
We do ship Seeds Internationally worldwide.
Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding or buying.
Proper Permits and Documents are the Buyer's responsibility.
Please request any documents prior to shipping.
For foreign customers, please check your laws concerning permitting and customs,
additional shipping and handling costs may apply.
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING ON LIVE PLANTS
is available only under these conditions!
All international orders are shipped at the
(shipped with or without documents) and no refunds or replacements are offered for Dead On Arrival, loss,
confiscation, Customs Seizure, unanticipated charges, etc.
All International shipments are at Buyer's Risk. Please spend no more more than you can lose!
We accept online payments only through PayPal, Cash payments are only acceptable for in-person pick-ups and cash-on-delivery
(COD). Cash payment can not be sent through the mail. Message me if you want to send cash.
Please only one Paypal payment. SO THE COMBINED SHIPPING RULE WILL CAN BE USED. Late or Multiple PayPal payments are
NOT eligible for any discount.
We will ship once a week - ON or BEFORE WEDNESDAYS, because of the special stamps needed to ship plants and cuttings
to you. This can only be done at the Dept. of Agriculture. If payments are not met before that MONDAY, your items will be shipped the following week and
NOT eligible for any combined discount. Non-paying bidders will be reported as an unpaid item to eBay.
COMBINED SHIPPING POLICY
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING is not included in this offer.
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING ON LIVE PLANTS on a case by case basis.
We will combine shipping for auctions won on the same week paid with same PayPal payment.
This policy is good for auction items bought and paid for in the week ending MONDAY.
We ship on Tuesdays.
Payment must be received within 4 days of the auction ending.
Combined Discounts Won Auctions
For 2-3 winning auctions, the combined discount is 10% of the total Shipping and Handling charges.
For 4-7 winning auctions, the combined discount is 20% of the total Shipping and Handling charges.
For 8+ winning auctions, the combined discount is 30% of the total Shipping and Handling charges.
As each order is packed and prepared separately you will pay the quoted S/H charges
individually per item. If you buy the same species in that item it does calculate out the discount (i.e.: additional items)
My stores' combined shipping is built in for same items rather than a varied selection. Domestic S/H includes
postage, USDA certification and inspection, proper packing and delivery to Airport for prompt delivery.
I can't really change any of these. If you want one of this and one of that, it is hard to discount much as each
different species requires it's own prep, packing, then at USDA each has to be unwrapped and inspected then repacked. USDA requires us to clean and
prepare every last piece before we drive them to the Inspection Station on the other side of the island.
This requirement takes my wife and I, 2-3 days to pack items and get ready to ship. The whole next day we drive
around the island and get inspected (2-3 hours), then drive to the Airport Post Office to drop off. It takes the same work with the same type item if
you can understand.
Before you purchase
After you Receive your Items.
LIVE PLANTS ARE PERISHABLE.
There is the risk when you grow plants that they may die. LIVE PLANTS are PERISHABLE, guaranteed not to live forever.
US orders ONLY are GUARANTEED LIVE ARRIVAL.
All International orders are shipped at the BUYER's RISK!
When you order a plant we assume you are prepared to care for it. It is your responsibility to know how to care
for the plant. Do some research before they arrive or seek experienced help.
Small plants need protection from many things, wind, sun, dry-out. They do well just in the garage or living
room. They need good light but not sunlight (full sun will burn small plants).
Small pots dry-out easily. Just sitting in a shallow tray of water works well.
The idea is to keep the plants from dehydrating.
Be careful if you decide to re-pot.
Re-potting voids any warranty. Plants are easily damaged with new/different mix. Use NO fertilizers (this may kill your plants).
Proper care is critical upon arrival.
Live Plants are NOT GUARANTEED
to survive under your care. DO NOT expect any live plant to be GUARANTEED to remain alive. Plants are NOT GUARANTEED TO SURVIVE after you begin Care! Live arrival
is guaranteed, eternal survival is up to you.
NO REPLACEMENT WILL BE CONSIDERED IF YOU HAVE REPOTTED THE PLANT.
IF YOU are NOT able to provide PROPER CARE, PLEASE DO NOT EXPECT plant to be GUARANTEED after it perishes.
BROWN THUMB WARNING:
Please Do NOT email me after a week after receiving and repotting your plant, and make a claim it arrived
damaged. All photo support must be as arrived in original condition
when received (in the box and packed as delivered).
If you repot your plant after delivery, all warranties are voided and no replacement is offered.
You should use good gardening skills and repot if desired but at buyer's risk and expense.
If repotted, you are responsible for the condition of the plant.
NO REPLACEMENT or REFUND WILL BE CONSIDERED IF YOU HAVE REPOTTED THE PLANT.
Not every plant that I grow survives, and I am aware of that and accept the risk when I order. This is the risk that
you as the buyer accept, because there is no way to know what kind of conditions it will endure in the trip to your door. My responsibility ends when a live
plant is delivered to your door.
You are agreeing to these terms when you make this purchase from this listing.
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For details on the seller's return policy (including how long you have to return an item, who pays for return
shipping, and restocking fees), check the Return policy section of this listing.
From delivery confirmation, you have only 48 hours from delivery confirmation to make any
'Arrived Damaged' claim.
All claims need to be supported with Photos
of the damaged plant(s) as packed/unpacked, the box if damaged, the packing materials and any documents.
You must return an item in the same condition as it was received, not used or altered in any way.
You must also include, in the same condition as it was received:
All original packaging such as boxes, bags, tags, and UPCs
Accessories such as cords and remote controls
Certificates, manuals, warranty, and rebate cards
"Free gifts" or bonus items
All items included in a bundle
Make sure you follow these guidelines. If you don't, you may be subject to a range of actions, including limits
of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.
I am very reasonable and understanding, anything can happen to small plants in transit, for this reason uninsurable.
The expense to send it to you is most of your payment. To send any replacements, I try to piggy back with your next order.
ALL OF MY ITEMS ARE SHIPPED USDA CERTIFIED WITHIN THE U.S. - USDA and USPS fees
are included in the actual cost of shipping and Handling.
Replacement is not an option for CUSTOMS SEIZURE.
Please do not leave a 1 or 2 in my detailed seller ratings for postage fees or any
reason really because I will block you from any further purchases.
Please contact me before eBay if you have any issue. I am the one
who can help you. Do not open any case for any reason really because I will block you from any further purchases.
I ship items the best and least expensive option. These are coming from Hawaii.
The only thing inexpensive here in Hawaii are my items!! I do ship all my items promptly via best method. If you feel
like the combined shipping fee is wrong, please wait to be invoiced and check back with me! I value your business and
will work diligently to keep you satisfied. I am very generous and reasonable with reasonable people, just ask.
my dog Taz will fetch your email to me
If you are dissatisfied with the item for any reason, please contact me before leaving a negative or neutral comment.
I want you to be satisfied!
Mahalo iâ `oe no ke kipa `ana mai. E kipa mai hou!
When you receive your seeds, you have only 7 days to make any claim. Once planted, seeds can NOT be returned
and no refund is offered. All seed sales are final. There are no germination guarantees.
Seller warrants seed to be of the variety and quantity advertised. Safe delivery is guaranteed and seeds lost or damaged during shipment will be
replaced at seller's expense. Claims must be made within 7 days of shipment. All other replacements, refunds, returns and exchanges will be
made at the sole discretion of the seller.
Seed is a live product which depends on many important related grower skills such as proper
planting time, seed depth, type of soil, irrigation, proper use of fertilizers, weed controls, fungicides, insecticides, disease free soil, and
reasonable weather conditions during the growing period. Germination is affected by such factors as temperature, moisture content, light intensity and
contamination of planting media. These factors are totally out of the seller's control and are the buyer's responsibility and risk. Consequentially,
the seller cannot unconditionally guarantee seed to perform properly regardless of conditions or the buyer's methods or mistakes..