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Cucumis melo

Also known as

Spanspek (Afr.), Smooth luffa, Loofah

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Harvest fruit as soon as fruit is big and fragrant. Do not pick too early - it will not ripen after picking!

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Melon Overview

Melons were originally grown in Africa and moved to Europe during the Bronze Age. It was one of the first crops grown in the Old and the New world and is still popular today freshly cut in fruit salads.

Common problems with Melon

How to propagate Melon


Sow seed in spring directly in prepared beds. Space wide to allow trailing vine to grow to the next plant.

Special features of Melon

Drought resistant

Once established the plant is fine with watering weekly, but in drier areas it always tastes sweeter!

Attracts useful insects

Including bees

Attractive leaves

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Melon

Vegetable, culinary, food


The fruit is actually a berry and smell sweet when ripe.

Edibles to Plant Out in June

Young plants started off indoors can now be planted out.

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Edible to Sow Under Cover in May

Successional sow small batches on a sunny windowsill or in a heated propagator, ready to plant out later in the month.

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