This is one interesting melon. The fruit can reach over 60cm in length and may be black, brown, orange or deep purple. The centre of each fruit contains a large number of seeds. These are surrounded by fleshy melon that tastes similar to cantaloupe. The vines themselves are vigorous perennials that grow up to 15m. They can be grown as annuals in climates with cold winters (like mine). They thrive on heat and may grow relatively slowly until summer comes.
I'm planning on starting them inside for the winter, then planting them out in the spring. In the fall I'll cut back the vines, dig them up, and bring them inside for the winter. I have no idea if they'll survive this kind of trauma, but I figure why not try? I expect to have fruit by fall next year.
The seeds should be soaked for a day or less prior to sowing. Plant them about 2cm deep and they should begin sprouting relatively quickly (within less than a week). People recommend starting them 1 to 2 months before you plan on planting them outside. I however will probably plant them immediately upon receiving them because that's how I roll.
I saved my carnivorous plant for last in honour of Halloween. It's a pitcher plant of the species Nepenthes rowanae.