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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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.
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.
See our list of companion Plants for Cantaloupe to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.
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.
These estimates for how long Cantaloupe takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.
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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
The longer the shelf life the lower the aroma.1
Mushmelon, Muskmelon, Cantalope, Rockmelon, Spanspek, Charentais melon
Cucumis melo var. reticulatus
Misspellings: Cantaloup, Musk melon
ruthiebaby88 about growing #30 - New Square Foot - Charentais Hybrid
Failed to germinate. Planted 8 more seeds.
rae about growing Cantaloupe "Hale's Best Jumbo"
2 “Oxford English Dictionary 2nd Ed. (1989)”