Cantaloupe
Cucumis melo 'El Gordo'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: melo (MEL-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: El Gordo
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Category:

Annuals

Vegetables

Vines and Climbers

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Days to Maturity:

71 to 80 days

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Dec 12, 2012, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

"(15-20 lbs.) This giant melon can be for juicing or bragging rights for the largest melon. Can weigh up to 30 lbs. with a very small seed cavity. Outstanding flavor and foliage canopy. El Gordo F1 exhibits a large, oval shape with medium, ropey netting and naked sutures with medium orange, slightly musky flesh. Excellent resistance to Powdery Mildew and Watermelon Mosaic Virus. 75 days. Early for its size. " New England Seed