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Cucumis melo

Phonetic Spelling
KOO-koo-mis MEL-oh
Description

Muskmelons are a warm season fruit with sweeter more watery flesh than other members of the cucumber family.  It common name comes from the musky odor many of the fruits emit when cut open.  It is a climbing or scrambling annual vine that needs full sun and well-drained moist, high organic matter soils.

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
var. cantalupensis, var. flexuosus, var. inodorous
Tags:
#edible fruits#edible#warm season vegetable#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
var. cantalupensis, var. flexuosus, var. inodorous
Tags:
#edible fruits#edible#warm season vegetable#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cucumis
    Species:
    melo
    Family:
    Cucurbitaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Africa, Arabitan Peninsula, India, Australia
    Edibility:
    Eaten fresh, wrapped in prosciutto, in salads, or as a dessert.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Edible
    Vegetable
    Vine
    Habit/Form:
    Spreading
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No