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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden
  • Lower Garden
  • Pioneer Farm

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005


    Muskmelons are a trailing, vining plant with small yellow flowers which often performs better when grown on a trellis. They produce fruit in a wide variety of shapes and colors. Their fruits are frequently fragrant.

    Latin Name

    Cucumis melo


    Family

    Cucurbitaceae


    Type of Plant

    Annuals
    Vegetables

    Seasons

    Summer

    Specifications

    Max Height: 9'
    Max Spread: 3'

    Uses

  • Annual
  • Edible
  • Vegetable

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun

    Colors


    Native Range

    Middle East


    History

    Washington thanks Charles Cotesworth Pinckney for some melon seeds that he had sent to Mrs. Washington in 1799.


    Other Details

    Pollinator
    Grown by Washington

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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