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PlantFiles: Cantaloupe
Cucumis melo 'Athena'

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

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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:
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:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive vossner On Jun 11, 2013, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Athenas are identifiable on the outside by the subtle ribs on the slightly oblong melon. A typical Athena melon can weigh up to 5 to 7 pounds, so it will be somewhat larger in size and weight than some of the smaller varieties of muskmelon.

Inside the flesh is softer than other Cantaloupes, but quite juicy, sweet and flavorful. Their soft flesh and high sugar content translates into shorter shelf-life at the store and at home, but as delicious as they are, they will be eaten fast, so not a big issue.

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 21, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This a relatively new hybrid that claims to tolerate sulphur. It is Fusarium and powdery mildew resistant, It is a typical 5 lb, orange flesh market melon for the east.


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

Byers, Colorado
Leetonia, Ohio
Richmond, Texas

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