Photo by Melody

PlantFiles: Cantaloupe
Cucumis melo 'Emerald Gem'

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; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1886

» View all varieties of Melons

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

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:
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

Click thumbnail
to view:

By melody
Thumbnail #1 of Cucumis melo by melody

By melody
Thumbnail #2 of Cucumis melo by melody

By melody
Thumbnail #3 of Cucumis melo by melody


1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive OSuzannah 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.

Neutral berrygirl 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.

Neutral Farmerdill 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.


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

Blytheville, Arkansas
Durham, California
San Marcos, California
Benton, Kentucky
Wilsonville, Oregon

We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America