The Main Plant entry for Cantaloupes (Cucumis melo)

This database entry exists to show plant data and photos that apply generically to all Cantaloupes.

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Fruit: Edible to birds
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Uses: Vegetable
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Sow in situ
Pollinators: Various insects

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Common names
  • Cantaloupe
  • Melon

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Location: raised bed
Date: 2021-08-01
This Tasty Bites melon measures 3 1/2 inches making a nice size f
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Location: raised bed
Date: 2021-08-01
This melon is Tasty Bites.  A personal sized fruit.
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Location: Mason, New Hampshire
Date: 2015-08-31
Photo by drdawg
Location: Mason, New Hampshire
Date: 2015-08-23
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2019-05-12
Photo by joseph
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-08-29
Photo by robertduval14
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-08-26

Date: 2013-08-16

Date: 2013-08-16

Date: 2013-08-16
Location: Mason, New Hampshire
Date: 2015-07-26
Location: Mason, New Hampshire
Date: 2015-07-26
Location: Mason, New Hampshire
Date: 2015-07-26
immature fruit
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-08-29
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-06-11
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Comments:
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 22, 2013 12:59 AM concerning plant:
    "Muskmelon (Cucumis melo) is a species of melon that has been developed into many cultivated varieties. These include smooth skinned varieties such as honeydew, crenshaw and casaba, and different netted cultivars (cantaloupe, Persian melon and Santa Claus or Christmas melon). The Armenian cucumber is also a variety of muskmelon, but its shape, taste, and culinary uses more closely resemble those of a cucumber. The large number of cultivars in this species approaches that found in wild cabbage, though morphological variation is not as extensive. It is a fruit of a type called pepo. Muskmelon is native to Persia (Iran), Anatolia, Armenia, and adjacent areas on the west and the east which is believed to be their center of origin and development, with a secondary center including the northwest provinces of India and Afghanistan. Although truly wild forms of C. melo have not been found, several related wild species have been noted in those regions."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...

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