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Cantaloupe
Cucumis melo 'Oka'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: melo (MEL-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Oka
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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:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

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

Regional

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

Barrington, Rhode Island

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

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

(Bizard Island Strain) Bred around 1912 by Father Athanase of the Trappist Monastery at La Trappe, Quebec. Oka was a cross of the green-fleshed Montreal Market and Banana. After a few years of refining, seed was first offered to gardeners in 1924 by Joseph Breck & Sons of Boston. Disappeared for years before being rediscovered on the Island of Bizard, Quebec, Canada. Great flavor and texture. 80-90 days.