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Cantaloupe
Cucurbitaceae
Cucumis C. melo


everdream
everdream
Flower Petal # 5
Main Color    
Color 2    
Type Categories Useful Parts

Vine


Cucurbitaceae Family

Cucumis Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Mushmelon, Muskmelon, Rockmelon or Spanspek.


Location

Cantaloupe is native to India and Africa and is sold all over the world.

Physical Description
Ripe Cantaloupes are a pale brown/yellow with a distinctive net like skin covering. The flesh inside is usually orange. Unripe cantaloupes are more greenish.
The plant is a vine with large leaves. The flowers are small and yellow. Female flowers can be distinguished from the males by a fuzzy bump.


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Cucurbitaceae
Cucurbitaceae
Cucurbitales
Cucurbitales
Order of Cucumbers
NOX Clad
Nitrogen Bean Clad
Oxid-Faba
Fabidae
Bean-Like Class
Eurosids
Real Rose Class
Rosids
Rosids
Rose-Like Class
Core Eudicots
Core Eudicots
Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Eudicots
Eudicots
Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Mesangiospermae
Mesangiospermae
Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
Embryophytes
Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
Plantae
Plants
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

Like most fruits, Cantaloupes are high in Vitamin C and Vitamin A. They are also a good source of potassium and vitamin B6.
It is a good idea to wash cantaloupe thoroughly before cutting into it, as the outside surface can contain Salmonella and other harmful bacteria.
The fruit is usually kept from directly touching ground to help prevent rot. This can be achieved by putting cardboard, straw or blocks of wood under the fruit, or by trellising the plant. When trellised, the fruit must be supported someway because it eventually gets too heavy for the vines to do it alone. Nylon pantyhose or stockings are usually used.
Cantaloupes do well in hot weather.
Common pests include the cucumber beetle and the squash vine borer.



Cantaloupe
Developing cantaloupe melon.



Cantaloupe
Developing cantaloupe melon.



Cantaloupe
Developing cantaloupe melon.



Cantaloupe
Developing Cantaloupe Melon

Comment: Cantaloupe, Cucumis C. melo

Page Posts: 5

everdream
everdream
September 29, 2011
No problem.
gardengeek
gardengeek
September 28, 2011
Thanks for the info Everdream!
everdream
everdream
September 28, 2011
I didn't know, but I did some searching and found a PDF ucanr.org freepubs docs 7218.pdf that says:
"Cantaloupe is a warm-season annual plant that is sensitive to freezing temperatures at any growth stage. Growth is very slow below 60°F (16°C) and optimal from 85° to 95°F (30° to 35°C). Cantaloupe can tolerate temperatures in excess of 104° (40°C). Since fruit set requires bee pollination, weather conditions that reduce bee activity (cold, rain, high wind, or prolonged cloud coverage) may reduce yield.

And this page www.bonnieplants.com LearnGrowLibrary HowtoGrowBonnieVarieties tabid 128 ID 213 How-to-Grow-Cantaloupe-and-Honeydew-Melons.aspx says not to plant them until the ground temperature is above 70°F

This one www.clemson.edu extension hgic plants vegetables crops hgic1304.html contradicts the others, it says that:
"Cantaloupe and honeydew are warm-season crops that grow best at average air temperatures between 65 and 75 °F. It is best to plant when the soil temperature is at least 60 to 65 °F. "

Best advice I can give is if you're wanting to grow some, give it a try and if it doesn't work, try again. Seeds are usually very cheep.
gardengeek
gardengeek
September 28, 2011
Does this grow in cold areas?
everdream
everdream
September 27, 2011
If you have anything useful interesting to add let me know. I can add it to the article.

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