Cantaloupe lives in many areas and has adapted to obtain the most nutrients and surface area possible to maximize growth. It must be able to deal with changes in the Ph level and when there is too much water.

Cantaloupe's main structure are vines which do not grow vertically but spread out to cover the maximum amount of surface area. Once it has grown somewhat, it can usually outcompete weeds and other plants attempting to grow. Vines also have an advantage over trees because they do not have to focus on support tissue and can put more energy into leaves, fruit, and flowers. But this can lead to problems in relation to  such as harsh weather which can destroy a whole group of cantaloupe and less protection than trees.

pH level
Cantaloupe has adapted to a variety of soils between the pHs of 5 to 6.8. While it favors a more base soil concentration, it can handle lower amounts with reduced growth.

General Environment:
Different subspecies of Cantaloupe grow according to the different environmental stimuli such as temperature, amount of rainfall, and different pests. Since Cantaloupes have been introduced to a variety of environments, many variants are seen, such a muskmelon. While being slightly genetically different, they can still interbreed and hybridize with each other.

Some subspecies of Cucumis melo can resist a type of fungus called powdery mildew. Powdery mildew usually starts on older leaves and spreads to the rest of the plant. these varieties are able to resist it and not be consumed by the fungus. Click here for more information on powdery mildew.


Root System:
Cucumis melo has an extensive root system consisting of a taproot and numerous horizontal roots. In relation to the vine growth, the taproot length is slightly lower in size(about 4 inches). The horizontal roots though can extend to a foot or more than the vine length, covering a large surface area underground. This allows the plant to have a enormous absorption area, to give ample amounts of water and nutrients to the nutrient hungry above ground system. 

 by Weaver J and Bruner W, root system of cantaloupe