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CUCUMIS melo 'Sensation'
Cantaloupe, Sensation Cantaloupe
This prolific hybrid melon boasts dense, sweet flesh that’s ivory yellow, firm and flavorful. The disease resistant vines produce 5 to 6 pound fruits that are ready for harvest around 85 days after planting.
Melons are tropical annual vines with long, spreading 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 flowers are monoecious, meaning separate male and female yellow flowers appear 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, so be sure to encourage these productive garden insects.
For best performance, plant melons in full sun and friable, fertile, deep soil with good drainage. Vines should be planted after the danger of frost has passed. It is common practice to create mounds of soil to grow melons in. The seed can be directly sown in ground. Melons need space to grow and should be surrounded by a layer of straw to protect the fruits from rot and keep weeds at bay. If space is limited, they can be grown on a trellis and fruits supported with cloth slings. Heavy rains can cause ripe fruits on the vine to split and lose sweetness.
This melon is best harvested when the skin becomes fragrant, the skin turns yellower at the base and it emits a hollow sound if knocked.
12 - 4
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
8"-14" / 20.3cm - 35.6cm
7'-8' / 2.1m - 2.4m
Hybrid Origin, Africa
Yellow, Green, Light Yellow, Tan, Sandy Brown
Green, Light Green, Ivory
Green, Light Green
Edible, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Herb / Vegetable, Vine
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