Crisp Melon 'Early Silver Line'

Cucumis melo

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: melo (MEL-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Early Silver Line
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Vines and Climbers


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Days to Maturity:

71 to 80 days

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

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:

San Marcos, California

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Duluth, Georgia

Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Hubbard, Iowa

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Hornell, New York

Soddy Daisy, Tennessee

Stanley, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 4, 2010, LTilton from Glen Ellyn, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This one grew well and produced prolifically, too bad the fruit was tasteless.


On Feb 23, 2009, lycodad from Hornell, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:

I hate to give so-so reviews, but this just must be a southern thing. The plant grew well up north, but the long awaited melons didn't hit my taste buds right. Sort of like the inside rind of an old watermelon or something. Miniature cantalope and honeysdews I've grown in past were much sweeter and better.


On Aug 3, 2007, FILIGREE1 from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:

It is easy to tell when this plant is ripe. It turns from a green to a bright yellow with silver/white ribs. Great for mixing in salsa and fruit cocktails. Delicious salted or with prosciutto. First ate it in Italy. Now grow it in my garden. The flesh has less water content and is similar in texture to watermelon rind and is white. Delicious. This is a regular in my garden and produces prolifically. I grow it around the base of my dwarf orange trees in the large flower pots and the vines trail over the side loaded with fruit. This can also be used as a sweet hot house cucumber in salads, doesn't get soft as fast as cucumbers. These are also a nice size to cut in half and use as bowls for fruit salad. These peel like a cucumber too! My kids even like the skins...reminds them of thin... read more


On Mar 1, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Elongated oriental melon. White, crips flesh sweet and fragant. A small delicious gourmet meleon rarely found in markets. Yellow skin lined with silvery furrows, so thin it can be peeled like an apple. Harvest 76 days after sowing.