Crisp Melon 'Sakata's Sweet'

Cucumis melo

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: melo (MEL-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sakata's Sweet
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Vines and Climbers


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Days to Maturity:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

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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 is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Caro, Michigan

Gardeners' Notes:


On May 31, 2013, weetless from Caro, MI wrote:

grown in 2012, from transplants they did very well. planted in double handful of compost with an eggshell and a tablespoon of Epsom salt. sweet. found recipe for canning melons into preserves. by adding lemon juice. which was nice as there was so little fruit to can last year. the apple blossoms froze out all over mich. I mixed the yellow flesh melons with the greenflesh melons plus fresh lemonjuice and sugar. let it set to soak up the flavors. mashed and boiling water bathed them. can even add mint or ginger or try some experimental herbs with it. nice on pancakes or icecream. the recipe I had called for about as much sugar as was in the 'mash' but it was way to sweet that way. as the lemon makes it so acid id probably not keep them over a year or 2 or would corrode the insid... read more


On Mar 4, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A favorite Asian variety of Dr. Amy Goldman, author of Melons for the Passionate Grower. These small 3"-4" round melons are very sweet with a high sugar content. Oriental varieties open a whole new dimension to melons as they are amazingly different. Crisp, and crunchy - they have edible skins. Their small size and brilliant golden rind make them very attractive. This fine Japanese variety was developed by Sakata's Seed Co., of Yokohama.