Evaluation of high temperature tolerant longmelon (Cucumis melo) cultivar


  • B.R. Choudhary ICAR-Central Institute for Arid Horticulture, Bikaner, Rajasthan, 334 006
  • Hanuman Ram ICAR-Central Institute for Arid Horticulture, Bikaner, Rajasthan, 334 006
  • S.M. Haldhar ICAR-Central Institute for Arid Horticulture, Bikaner, Rajasthan, 334 006
  • Chet Ram ICAR-Central Institute for Arid Horticulture, Bikaner, Rajasthan, 334 006


Abiotic, Biotic, Hot arid, High temperature, Variability, Yield


Longmelon (Cucumis melo L. var. utilissimus), a warm season crop, can be grown in tropical and subtropical regions. The cv. AHLM-
2 (Thar Sheetal) has been developed to produce early fruiting with quality fruits free from bitterness coupled with tolerance to high
temperature. Varieties developed by the private sector are used by the farmers and their seed are expensive. The release of Thar
Sheetal, an open-pollinated cultivar with better fruit length (27.62 cm) and fruit weight (81.82 g) is a prolific bearer (18.20-21.87
marketable fruits/ plant). Thar Sheetal has high yield potential of 136.31 q/ has under hot arid conditions, which is 22.11% higher
than the control ‘Punjab Longmelon-1’. It bears tender, attractive, light green fruits which are not bitter. Thar Sheetal can withstand
high temperature and is able to set fruits up to 42º C under hot arid conditions.


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B.R. Choudhary, Hanuman Ram, S.M. Haldhar, & Chet Ram. (2024). Evaluation of high temperature tolerant longmelon (Cucumis melo) cultivar. CURRENT HORTICULTURE, 12(2), 53–55. Retrieved from https://currenthorticulture.com/index.php/CURHOR/article/view/127