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PlantFiles: Casaba Melon
Cucumis melo var. inodorus 'Bidwell'

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Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: melo var. inodorus
Cultivar: Bidwell

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Category:
Vegetables
Vines and Climbers

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Days to Maturity:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Profile:

No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

This melon hails from Chico California, grown by John Bidwell (1819-1900), a Civil War General and U.S. Senator who procured his stock-seed from the USDA in 1869. An enormous melon, so big that you will not believe it is true! Our seed field at Heritage Farm was loaded with 12-14" long by 9" wide fruits weighing 12-16 pounds each. Sweet orange flesh. 90-95 days.

Regional...

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

Live Oak, California
Aston, Pennsylvania



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