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PlantFiles: Cantaloupe
Cucumis melo 'Banana'

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

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Days to Maturity:
81 to 90 days
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


3 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive lizardbreath On Sep 23, 2011, lizardbreath from Boise City, OK (Zone 6a) wrote:

My brother gave me these seeds so I planted them even though we are having an extreme drought. I am so glad I did because they have been very prolific. My family has even enjoyed the flavor, may be due to having nothing to compare it to this year. All other melons succumbed to record breaking conditions, too many days over 100 degrees, high winds, and no rain but these kept on producing. I will plant these again because they don't have to be pampered to produce well.

Positive EdlinUser On Jan 20, 2007, EdlinUser from Fayetteville, AR wrote:

It's the only cantaloupe I grow every year.
It's more likely to put out a crop in the poor, heavy soils of NW Arkansas than other varieties I've tried.
I agree with Farmerdill that the taste and texture are a bit different.
But I really prefer that difference over other varieties.
Grows well. Tastes good. It's a winner for me.

Positive mavis On Nov 14, 2003, mavis from Dallas, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

As a child growing up on a fram in Brunswick county (Ocean Island) I can remember my parents growing 'Banana' and it was yellow and sweet.

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

An antique novelty that dates into the 19th century. It grows a 4 -5 lb. banana shaped melon. Flesh is pink/salmon with a smooth texture. Grows well. In 60 years I have not found anyone who likes the flavor, which is somewhat sweet but also has a mild cucumber flavor. Maybe an early version of a cuculoupe as it has somewhat the shape and growth habits of the Armenian cucucumber


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

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Lucedale, Mississippi
Boise City, Oklahoma
Moscow, Tennessee
Troy, Virginia

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