Cantaloupe 'Rocky Ford Green Flesh'

Cucumis melo

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: melo (MEL-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Rocky Ford Green Flesh
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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

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; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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:

Miami, Florida

Augusta, Georgia

Riverton, Kansas

Doniphan, Nebraska

Radford, Virginia

Troy, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 15, 2008, KSBaptisia from Beatrice, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

When weather conditions are right, this variety produces some of the best tasting canteloupes I have ever eaten. Like a lot of the open pollinated varieties, though, it is somewhat less consistent than the newer hybrids. If you get a little too much rain a the wrong time or not hot enough weather when the fruit are ripening, the flavor really suffers.


On Aug 17, 2006, aries44 from Miami, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

Vines grew very well here and produced 14 melons. Flavor was very good. First time I ever grew or ate a green fleshed canteloupe.


On Aug 18, 2004, 13_13 from Lancaster, TX wrote:

Several years ago , we had a small garden in Lancaster, Texas. We planted some cantaloupe seeds, not really knowing anything about growing them. They grew very well, and when they became ripe, we harvested them. They were the best tasting cantaloupe we had ever eaten. We were surprised at the green flesh. We have been unable to find them in the grocery stores. We bought some Rocky Ford today, but they were orange fleshed when we cut into them. They were good ,but not like our home grown ones we had back then. Are the green flesh Rocky Ford being marketed around Dallas? Lancaster is just a few miles south of Dallas. We are not gardners now since our backyard is so shady. Thank you so much!


On Nov 14, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

The best of the open pollinated green fleshed cantaloupes that I have tried. Medium fruit about 5 inches in diameter and has the sweet spicey flavor associated with nutmeg types.