Cucumis melo



Annual running herb with soft hairy stems. Leaves round-ovate to reniform. Flowers are variable. Edible fruit.


Harvest when fruit comes easily away from the stem. Vegetable. Eaten raw.


Requires frequent irrigation and low humidity. The root zone should never be allowed to dry out. Prefers well drained soil or raised beds. Requires high levels of nutrients for a good crop. Apply potassium rich fertiliser during fruiting. Soil pH should be approx 5.5-6.0 Planting alongside beans will aid nutrient requirements. Can be attacked by leaf hoppers, aphis and spider mites. Diseases problems include powdery mildew, downey mildew, anthracnose, fusarium wilt, scab, alternaria leaf spot and several virus diseases. May require hand pollinating. Vines can be trained vertically using a trellis.


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'Home Vegetable Growing' and 'Commercial Vegetable Production' courses through Australian Correspondence Schools, see 'Commercial Hydroponics' on CDROM from Australian Correspondence Schools, see

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