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Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis

Cantaloupe is part of the Cucumis genus and its scientific name is Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis. Cantaloupe grows as an annual and is an edible vegetable / fruit. Being an annual plant, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year. Cantaloupe is known for its prostrate growing habit.

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How to grow Cantaloupe

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Melons are a warm weather crop. If indoors start your melons 3 to 4 weeks before transplanting, in warm (80-90 F) soil in deep peat pots to avoid disturbing the roots. Cutting back on water when fruit is setting will improve the quality but do not allow the leaves to wilt.1

Growing Cantaloupe from seed

Transplanting Cantaloupe

Companion plants for Cantaloupe

These plants have been known to grow well alongside Cantaloupe so consider planting:

Repellent plants for Cantaloupe

These plants will not grow well with Cantaloupe so avoid planting these within close proximity:

Common Cantaloupe problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Cantaloupe plants:

Other names for Cantaloupe

Mushmelon, Muskmelon, Cantalope, Rockmelon, Spanspek, Charentais melon

Cucumis melo var. reticulatus

Misspellings: Cantaloup, Musk melon

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How long does Cantaloupe take to grow?

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fn1: gourmetseed.com

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