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Cucumis melo ‘Honeydew casaba melon’

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Features

  • Height1.2m
  • Growth HabitSemi-trailing
  • Flower ColourWhite, yellow
  • Leaf ColourGreen

Description

Cucumis melo ‘Honeydew casaba melon’ (Melon). The wild form of this species produces 5 cm long melons that are barely edible. Long domestication has given rise to the sweet, delicious melons we know today. They have evolved into several major cultivar groups, according to the characteristics of their fruit. The 'Cantalupensis' Group' includes the cantaloupes, or rock melons, compact plants with oval or round fruit with netted rinds and orange flesh. The 'Inodorus Group' are the honeydew melons, small bushy plants producing melons with a hard rind making them suitable for long storage. The greenish white skin is usually smooth and the flesh is pale green or yellow. The 'Reticulatus Group' are the netted melons, with net-like markings on the rind and orange flesh; they are widely grown in the USA.

Characteristics

Annual or Perennial, Fruit

Origin

Asia

Interest and use

Vegetable, food

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Medium, Low salinity
  • Soil pH5.5 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

This crop has an minimum optimum growing temperature of 18C and a maximum optimum growing temperature of 30C. All melons need a long, hot growing season to produce sweet fruit, and in a cooler climate the vines should be encouraged to grow over concrete or rocks, or trained over black plastic in order for heat to circulate around the plant.

Propagation

Propagate from seed.

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