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Hale's Best Jumbo Cantaloupe

Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis 'Hale's Best Jumbo'

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Hale's Best Jumbo Cantaloupe (Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis 'Hale's Best Jumbo') at All Seasons Nursery

Hale's Best Jumbo Cantaloupe fruit and flesh

Hale's Best Jumbo Cantaloupe fruit and flesh

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Height:  18 inches

Spacing:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)


A lovely heirloom variety with wonder heat and drought tolerance; produces ribbed, oval fruit with golden beige netting and salmon orange flesh; sweet and firm, great for snacking, desserts and even wrapped in prosciutto

Edible Qualities

Hale's Best Jumbo Cantaloupe is an annual vegetable plant that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces large tan oval melons (which are technically 'berries') with salmon flesh which are typically harvested when mature. The melons have a sweet taste with a firm texture and a distinctive fragrance.

The melons are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Eating When Cooked/Prepared
  • Juice-Making
  • Freezing

Planting & Growing

Hale's Best Jumbo Cantaloupe will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. When planted in rows, individual plants should be spaced approximately 24 inches apart. Because of its vigorous growth habit, it may require staking or supplemental support. This vegetable plant is an annual, which means that it will grow for one season in your garden and then die after producing a crop.

This plant is typically grown in a designated vegetable garden. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It may require supplemental watering during periods of drought or extended heat. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and it is considered by many to be an heirloom variety.

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Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.

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