Cantaloupe 'Emerald Gem'

Cucumis melo

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: melo (MEL-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Emerald Gem
Hybridized by Burpee
Registered or introduced: 1886
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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:

71 to 80 days

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:

Blytheville, Arkansas

Durham, California

San Marcos, California

Benton, Kentucky

Wilsonville, Oregon

Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 18, 2010, OSuzannah from Durham, CA wrote:

Wow! Emerald Gem is my favorite cantaloupe of all time. Vigorous and productive, but the flavor! Hard to describe but it's wonderfully sweet and spicy with old-fashioned musky depth. One note of caution, if you're frightened of musky melons, this one might not be for you.


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

Introduced by Burpee in 1886 from seed sent by William Voorhees of Benzie county Michigan. The most popular melon of that period, hailed as "altogether unapproached in delicious flavor and luscious beyond description. Pale orange, rich, juicy flesh is sweet and somewhat spicy in flavor. Heavy producer, 2-3 lb fruits. 70-90 days.


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

An heirloom introduced by Burpee's in 1886, and was very popular for years but now it has become rare. The fruit have green rinds and luscious, sweet orange flesh, 2 1/2 lbs each.