The muskmelon is a long trailing annual vine that belongs to the cucumber family. The netted melon, or muskmelon, is usually called a cantaloupe. Real cantaloupe (the European variety) is not often grown in home gardens.
The reticulated muskmelon is most often called a cantaloupe.
Honeydew melons have a smoother surface than muskmelons and lack their distinctive odor; they ripen later and require a longer growing season. This article's growing information on muskmelons on the next page also applies to honeydews.
Common Names: Muskmelon, Cantaloupe, Netted melon
Scientific Name:Cucumis melo reticulatus
Hardiness: Very Tender (will not survive first frost)
In the next section, we'll show you how to grow muskmelon, cantaloupe.
Want more information about muskmelon, cantaloupe? Try:
- Vegetable Recipes: Find delicious recipes that feature muskmelon, cantaloupe.
- Vegetable Gardens: Grow a full harvest of great vegetables this year.
- Gardening: We answer your questions about all things that come from the garden.
- Cantaloupe Stain Help: Learn how to get melon stains out of fabric.