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PlantFiles: Crisp Melon
Cucumis melo 'Early Silver Line'

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

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Days to Maturity:
71 to 80 days

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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


1 positive
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral LTilton On Jan 4, 2010, LTilton from Glen Ellyn, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This one grew well and produced prolifically, too bad the fruit was tasteless.

Neutral lycodad On Feb 23, 2009, lycodad from Hornell, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:

I hate to give so-so reviews, but this just must be a southern thing. The plant grew well up north, but the long awaited melons didn't hit my taste buds right. Sort of like the inside rind of an old watermelon or something. Miniature cantalope and honeysdews I've grown in past were much sweeter and better.

Positive FILIGREE1 On Aug 3, 2007, FILIGREE1 from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:

It is easy to tell when this plant is ripe. It turns from a green to a bright yellow with silver/white ribs. Great for mixing in salsa and fruit cocktails. Delicious salted or with prosciutto. First ate it in Italy. Now grow it in my garden. The flesh has less water content and is similar in texture to watermelon rind and is white. Delicious. This is a regular in my garden and produces prolifically. I grow it around the base of my dwarf orange trees in the large flower pots and the vines trail over the side loaded with fruit. This can also be used as a sweet hot house cucumber in salads, doesn't get soft as fast as cucumbers. These are also a nice size to cut in half and use as bowls for fruit salad. These peel like a cucumber too! My kids even like the skins...reminds them of thin apple skins. Is wonderfully refreshing when juiced, especially with midori. LIKES FULL SUN AND DO NOT LET THE VINES WILT FROM DRYNESS.

Neutral Farmerdill On Mar 1, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Elongated oriental melon. White, crips flesh sweet and fragant. A small delicious gourmet meleon rarely found in markets. Yellow skin lined with silvery furrows, so thin it can be peeled like an apple. Harvest 76 days after sowing.


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

San Marcos, California
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Duluth, Georgia
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Hubbard, Iowa
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Hornell, New York
Soddy Daisy, Tennessee
Stanley, Virginia

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