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Cucumis melo 'Old-Time Tennessee'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: melo (MEL-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Old-Time Tennessee
Additional cultivar information:(aka Old Time Tennessee)
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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Days to Maturity:

Unknown - Tell us

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; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Troy, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 14, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

An old favorite of mine. Produces huge, oblong melons that weigh 12-14 lbs. and have a deeply creased rind. Their orange flesh is superior, being loaded with unique fruity undertones and a sweetness not often found in modern melons: High sugar content. Fragile melons are not good keepers but are winners with gourmet foodies. This old Tennessee heirloom was almost lost to modern gardens.


On Nov 17, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is one of the giant melons of yesteryear. It is claimed to reach 40 lbs, but the best that I have attained is 23 lbs. It is shaped like a football with deep creases and a minimum of netting. Both the skin and the flesh are soft making it very susceptible to damage from insects and other critters. It is a very aromatic melon, but taste and texture are mediocre to my palate.