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CUCUMIS melo 'Super 45'

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Family

Cucurbitaceae

Botanical Name

CUCUMIS melo 'Super 45'

Plant Common Name

Muskmelon

General Description

The prolific hybrid muskmelon 'Super 45' boasts extremely sweet, firm flesh of salmon-orange. The vines are resistant to powdery mildew and produce 3- to 4-pound fruits. Melons are ready for harvest 80 to 88 days after sowing seeds. The oval fruits also resist cracking and store and ship well, making it a good commercial farm variety.

Muskmelons 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. The netted skin of fruits makes them truly muskmelons, rather than true cantaloupes.

For best performance, plant 'Super 45' 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. Muskmelons 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 netted-skin melon is best harvested when the skin becomes fragrant, the skin turns yellower at the base and it emits a hollow sound if knocked. The shriveling stem should also be easy to remove from the vine.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 4

  • Plant Type

    Fruit

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    8"-14" / 20.3cm - 35.6cm

  • Width

    5'-7' / 1.5m - 2.1m

  • Bloom Time

    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

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Gold

  • Fruit Color

    Light Yellow, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Light 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

    Yes