Cantaloupe 'Early Hanover'

Cucumis melo

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
Registered or introduced: 1895
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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:

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:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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:

Miami, Florida

Ozark, Missouri

Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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

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


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.


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.