Melon 'Hale's Best Jumbo'

Cucumis melo var. inodorus

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: melo var. inodorus
Cultivar: Hale's Best Jumbo
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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:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Days to Maturity:

81 to 90 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:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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:

Kansas City, Kansas

Fedscreek, Kentucky

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Troy, New York

Horse Shoe, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Jonesville, South Carolina

Greeneville, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 2, 2008, slyperso1 from Richland, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Planted a vine June 5th, in a bucketfull of 100% garden compost with a handful of organic all purpose fertilizer.
The vine must be well watered as the fruit set and grow, but stop watering as soon as they reach full size.

I had 6 melons, 5 of them around 4lb (1.8 Kg), the other 2lb.
The vine spread is about 8 ft.
I harvested my first one August 22.

I found that for best result, you have to wait until all the ribs turn from green to yellow all the way; remove the melon and let it sit in the kitchen for 2 days to soften it up, otherwise it will be crunchy.

The melon had tendency to crack at the blossom end, so don't water it when the fruit is ripening (only water lightly if the whole vine is wilting).

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