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Cucumis melo subsp. melo var. cantalupensis
Synonyms: C. melo reticulatus

Common Name(s): Cantaloupe
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Growth Habit: Annual
Growing Days: 80 to 140 (days)
Abs.Max=95° (F)    Opt.Max=75° (F)
Opt.Min=64° (F)    Abs.Min=55° (F)
Precipitation: 39 to 51 (in.)
Winter Minimum: 34° (F)
Soil pH: 6 to 6.8
Soil Texture/Type: Sandy soils
Soil Drainage: Well
Photoperiod Response:
Light Intensity:
Best sown in warm (20 C) soil.Frost tender. Cultivated in warmer climates, but may need greenhousing in Illinois.
Pythium, Phytothora, Sclerotinia, Helminthosporium/Bipolaris, Rhizoctonia, Cercospora, Anthrachose, Powdery Mildew, Cephalosporium
Food - fruit


Geographical Origin:
Only cultivated

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