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PlantFiles: Cantaloupe
Cucumis melo 'Hales Best'

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

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Days to Maturity:
91 to 100 days

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
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

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive WillowWasp On Jul 5, 2009, WillowWasp from Jones Creek, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Excellent Cantalope, large fleshy meat and soo sooo sweet. One of the best

Positive cowtrailrd On Sep 4, 2006, cowtrailrd from Shawnee, OK wrote:

I have a problem with turtles eating on the cantaloupe so last year I planted them in containers and let them run up a chainlink fence. This worked well so I just planted seeds in another area next to chainlink fence. By growing them on a fence when they fall they are ripe.

Neutral trifunov On Oct 21, 2004, trifunov from Brandon, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have the seed for this melon from American Seed.
The packet says "Nearly round, 5-6 inches in diameter, weighing 3-4 pounds each. Days to germinate - 10 to 14d
Depth to sow - 1 inch
Seed spacing - 3 per hill
Row spacing - 4-6 ft
Days to harvest - 90 to 102d
Sow after last danger of frost, thin each group to 3 or 4 plants per hill when plants are 1-2inches in height. For early starting, start plants indoors about 4-6 weeks before outdoor planting time, each peat pot should contain 3-4 seeds."

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 13, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A large 5-6 lb. Salmon fleshed open pollinated variety. Still quite popular among home gardeners.Grows well, tastes fair.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Deer, Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Greeley, Colorado
Hindman, Kentucky
Bingham Lake, Minnesota
Simpsonville, South Carolina
Greeneville, Tennessee
Freeport, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Troy, Virginia

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