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Cucumis melo 'Early Hanover'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: melo (MEL-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Early Hanover
Hybridized by Woods; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1895

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5 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:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Days to Maturity:
81 to 90 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:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Ozark On Aug 5, 2008, Ozark from Ozark, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

I planted Early Hanover for the first time this year. It's not very "early" for me, I just harvested the first one 90 days after planting - but we've had a very wet year this time that made all my vegetables bear late. This is a GREAT melon, larger than described at about 4 lbs., heavily ribbed on the outside and turning yellow when ripe. Inside, the flesh is light green with great texture and taste. Very enjoyable, sweet, and very productive also.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 1, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

2-3 lb., 5" long x 6" dia. melon

Positive aries44 On Aug 30, 2005, aries44 from Miami, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

The vines produced many melons. They were green fleshed and sweet, though not as sweet as advertised. I'd rate them good in taste and very good in growth.

Neutral Farmerdill On Mar 2, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Small 2-3 lb., green fleshed melons. This was a famous melon at the turn of the 20th century and was introduced by T.W. Woods & Sons of Richmond, Virginia, in 1895. Pick just before the melons freely slip from the vines for best flavor.


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

Miami, Florida
Ozark, Missouri

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