Cantaloupe

Cucumis melo

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

Vegetables

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Days to Maturity:

61 to 70 days

71 to 80 days

81 to 90 days

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Fredonia, New York

Lenoir City, Tennessee

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Nov 12, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This is the most popular melon in Brazil, mainly cultivated on the semi-desertic northeastern region of this country. Itīs a quite versatile dessert, can be served pure, cold or not, combined with other fruits, chocolate, ice cream, juices... Itīs a refreshing fruit, with high quantities of water and low sugar. One of my favorite fruits.

Cucumis melo now has lots of varieties (I ate some of a white melon variety last week, for example), but the most popular over here is the yellow one.

Neutral

On Aug 21, 2001, dave wrote:

Americans refer to the Cucumis melo as the Cantaloupe, although the rest of the world calls these "Muskmelons". Americans grow these netted fruits that "slip" from the vine when ripe.

A warm season vegetable that should be sown only after all threat of frost is passed.

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