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CUCUMIS melo 'Burpees Early Hybrid'

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Family

Cucurbitaceae

Botanical Name

CUCUMIS melo 'Burpees Early Hybrid'

Plant Common Name

Crenshaw Melon

General Description

A crenshaw melon for areas with short frost-free seasons, 'Burpees Early Hybrid' grows from seed to harvest in about 105 days. The large, oblong melons have dark green skin that yellows as the peach-pink, mildly sweet flesh ripens. This high-yielding F1 hybrid was introduced by W. Atlee Burpee Co. in 1968. Garden fresh melons are truly a summertime treat. Fragrant and delicious, these warm season fruits have been bred and revered by cultures worldwide and come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Muskmelons, cantaloupes, and "late melons" such as honeydew and crenshaw are all Cucumis melo variants believed to have origins in Africa.

Melons are tropical annual vines with long, sprawling stems that cling via springy tendrils. Their big lobed leaves are coarse, fuzzy and medium to deep green. Bright yellow, funnel-shaped flowers are produced when the vines reach maturity. The plants are monoecious, with separate male and female yellow flowers produced on each vine. The pollen-producing male flowers open first, followed by the female flowers, which have distinctive bulbous ovaries at their bases. Only the female flowers produce melons and each must be pollinated by bees for fruit set.

Melons require full sun and friable, fertile deep soil with good drainage. A neutral pH is best. Seed or seedlings should be planted after the danger of frost has passed. It is common practice to create mounds of soil to grow melons in. Melons need space and benefit from a surrounding layer of mulch to protect the fruits from rot and keep weeds at bay.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 4

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Fruit

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Prostrate/Trailing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Yellow Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Edible, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Herb / Vegetable, Vine

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No