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PlantFiles: Cantaloupe
Cucumis melo 'Tip Top'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: melo (MEL-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Tip Top
Additional cultivar information: (aka Shumway's Giant)

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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; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

Another of the large old time melons, Tip Top is shaped like a cheese wheel and heavily ribbed. A selected strain of this melons was sold prior to 1980 as Shumway's Giant. The current offering of Shumway's Giant is a different melon. It is easier to grow than Old Time Tennesee, has a harder shell and is not highly suceptible to critter damage. The largest I have grown is 27 lbs, but because of its large seed cavity, this was a 2 foot diameter melon. They are light for their physical appearance. Flavor is nothing to write home about, but they do generate a lot of attention.


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

Troy, Virginia

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