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Honey Dew Melon 'Venus'

Cucumis melo var. inodorus

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: melo var. inodorus
Cultivar: Venus
Hybridized by Known-You Seeds
Registered or introduced: 1981
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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Days to Maturity:

81 to 90 days

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Augusta, Georgia

Radford, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 21, 2005, Breezymeadow from Culpeper, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I first grew these in 1995, but believe it or not, still have viable seed left.

The seedpacket calls it a "Honey Dew-type Cantaloupe", but yet listing under "Cantaloupe" seems misleading because even though the melons have Cantaloupe-like netting, the interior flesh is bright green & is decidedly "Honey Dew" in taste. In addition, the "height" category above pertains to the LENGTH of the vines, not the height of them as they sprawl on the ground.

I start my seeds for these indoors in peat pots (germination within 7 days) & set them out after they're just a few inches tall. I find that this helps to avoid seed predation by crows. My garden is wall-to-wall well-composted horse manure, & this variety took off like it was radioactive. With just a few plants se... read more


On Nov 18, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Excellent mid season green fleshed honeydew. Similar to Honey-Brew but this one slips like a cantaloupe.