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Cantaloupe   

Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis

Cantaloupe is part of the Cucumis genus and its scientific name is Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis. This variety typically blooms in the following colours:   Fluorescent orange and   Dark orange, and produces a distinctive medium sugary scent.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.

Iran is believed to be where Cantaloupe originates from.

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How to grow Cantaloupe

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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

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Cantaloupe requires a soil ph of 5.5 - 7.0 meaning it does best in weakly acidic soil - neutral soil.

Growing Cantaloupe from seed

Ensure a distance of 0.5 inches (1.27 cm) between seeds when sowing - look to sow at a depth of approximately 0.25 inches (0.64 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 16°C / 61°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Cantaloupe

Harvesting Cantaloupe

Once the first melon is ready to harvest, the others on that plant are likely soon to follow. An obvious sign of maturity in most melon varieties will occur when the rind changes color from green or grey to yellow. Additionally, once ripe the stem is easily separated from the vine by hand.

Seed Saving Cantaloupe

Cut the melon with a sharp knife and carefully scoop out the inner seed lining and save them for processing the seeds. Place the seedy pulp into a bowl and remove as much of the pulp as possible by hand. Discard the pulp and add warm water to the bowl. You can then skim the surface of the water to remove seeds that will not produce plants, as they will be floating on the top. Rinse the rest of the seeds once more to remove any remaining sugar and pulp and place on a screen to dry. Allow these seeds to dry for about 3 days. Place the seeds in a bag and mark with type of seeds they are and when they were harvested. Place the bag in the freezer until next season.

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:

Cantaloupe Etymology

The name is derived, via French, from the Italian Cantalupo which was formerly a papal county seat near Rome. Tradition has it that this is where it was first cultivated in Europe, on its introduction from Ancient Armenia.2 Its first known usage in English dates from 1739 in The Gardeners Dictionary Vol. II by Scottish botanist Philip Miller (1691–1771).2

Other names for Cantaloupe

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

Cucumis melo var. reticulatus

Misspellings: Cantaloup, Musk melon

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Footnotes

fn1: gourmetseed.com
fn2: Oxford English Dictionary 2nd Ed. (1989)

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