Cucumis melo
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Cucumis melo

Chinese cucumber

  family cucurbitaceae 
  genus cucumis 

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Genus  Cucumis Species  melo Variety  Cultivar  Common names  Chinese cucumber Family  CUCURBITACEAE Specimen number  S11979 Data source  UnVeg p155
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Vine Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to full shade Water    Optimal soil texture  Soil texture 29 Acceptable soil pH  Slightly acidic USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Full sun to full shade is needed for Cucumis melo to do its best.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  It has firm crisp flesh, very few seeds and a classic cucumber taste. Cucumis melo is most commonly used pickled or fresh.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Self sows Pollination method    Planting style  Climbing Crop spacing  1' Row spacing  1' Cold frame  Planting period  Jun 01 - Aug 31 Harvesting period    Frost tolerance  Tolerates cold Heat requirement  Warm Fertilizer  No fertilizer Time to harvest  50 days
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Fresh   Pickled Nutritional value  Edible parts  Gourd Description of edible parts Flavor / texture  has firm crisp flesh, very few seeds and a classic cucumber taste
Horticulture notes  The optimal planting season is from June to August. Provide 1' spacing when grown in quantity. Space rows about 1' apart. It requires warm days for good production. Estimated time to harvest is 50 days. Cucumis melo easily self-sows from last year's seeds.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Cucumis melo is a perennial.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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