Ella's Garden Plants from A to Z: Cucumis melo, Joseph's Best Cantaloupe Landrace, Muskmelon

Common Name: Muskmelon

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Genus: Cucumis

Species: melo

Cultivar or Variety: Joseph's Best Cantaloupe Landrace

Characteristics of Plant
A genetically diverse cantaloupe landrace adapted to a short-season, brightly-sunlit, cool-nighted, high-altitude, low-humidity garden. Approximately 100 named varieties may have contributed genes to the landrace.

A landrace is a foodcrop; lots of genetic diversity which tends to produce stable yields under marginal growing conditions. Landrace crops are adaptively selected for reliability in tough conditions. http://garden.lofthouse.com/adaptivar-landrace.phtml

This is an open pollinated public domain variety: perfect for use in developing your own adapted landrace or personal cultivar.

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Characteristics: Vine spreading about 8 feet across.

Germination Tips: Plant approximately 2 weeks before last expected frost.

Life Cycle

When to Sow Seed
Late Spring
Early Summer

Seed Sowing Depth

Seed Needs Light to Germinate

Sun Exposure
Full Sun

Plant Height
6 - 8 inches

Plant Form


Bloom Form
Below Foliage

Flower Color
Pale Yellow

Reproduces By

Potential Hazzards or Invasiveness

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"Joseph's Best Cantaloupe Landrace"
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"Joseph finally gets a nice harvest in the 3rd year of the breeding program."
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"A landrace contains lots of genetic diversity!"
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"More landrace diversity."
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"A patch of cantaloupe vines."
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