Melon 'Tularosa Market Melon'

Cucumis melo

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: melo (MEL-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Tularosa Market Melon
Additional cultivar information:(aka Japanese Melon, J Melon)
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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Days to Maturity:

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 seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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:

Alamogordo, New Mexico

La Luz, New Mexico

Tularosa, New Mexico

Molalla, Oregon

Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 1, 2011, tanagerdunn from Pueblo West, CO wrote:

I am currently growing this melon in Pueblo West, CO; climate is much the same as that of Tularosa, NM. Melons are not yet ripe, but several are over 5 pounds. I am looking forward to an excellent harvest as well as an heirloom to keep in my seed bank. This looks like an excellent melon for my area. It grows at about the same rate as a later cantaloupe, and has no problems with bugs. My problem will be judging ripeness to know when to harvest as this is a new melon for me. I am grateful for the information from this site; keep up the good work for all who garden.


On Aug 13, 2010, Sherilou from Panhandle Gulf Coast, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

The Tularosa Market Melon is a super-sweet, juicy, highly fragrant, orange-fleshed melon. It's a popular, greatly- anticipated melon in Southern New Mexico farmer's markets. It was originally only available at the Tularosa, New Mexico Farmer's Market for several years.

The gentleman who farms these melons obtained the seeds from a friend, over 30 years ago. His story of this melon is similar to that of Hale's Best Cantaloupe, in that the original melon seeds came from a Japanese farmer.

This melon has a superb rich, sweetness. The flesh is not firm like "grocery store" cantaloupe, but it has a thick rind, making it suitable for market. Like many heirlooms, they don't have a long shelf life.

The gentleman who is the original supplier/gr... read more