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Muskmelon Cucumis melo

Phonetic Spelling
KOO-koo-mis MEL-oh
Description

Muskmelons are a warm season climbing or scrambling vine with edible fruit in the Cucurbitaceae (cucumber) family.  They have sweeter more watery flesh than other members of the cucumber family. The common name muskmelon comes from the musky odor many of the fruits emit when cut open. 

This annual vine needs full sun and well-drained moist, high organic matter soils.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Cucurbits are subject to many insect pests and diseases problems.  

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Cultivars / Varieties:
var. cantalupensis, var. flexuosus, var. inodorous
Tags:
#edible plant#scrambling#edible fruits#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 plant#scrambling#edible fruits#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
    Climbing Method:
    Scrambler
    Tendrils
    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