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For growing instructions, see Cultivation below. (Plant heights are given at maturity.) See also: Watermelon.
Crenshaw (90-110 days) 6-10 pound pear-shaped fruits with smooth yellow skin and pink flesh.
|#271 Packet, $3.50 each, Approximately 30 seeds||
|#B4z-271 Bulk seed 4oz $15.75||
|#B1-271 Bulk seed 1 lb $31.50||
Extra Early Nutmeg (65-70 days) Early melon with green flesh and a netted skin. Hardy and sweet with a vaguely spicy taste. Traced to 1835.
|#560 Packet, $3.50 each, Approximately 30 seeds||
Agrich Green Honeydew (105 days) 8 X 7 fruits with smooth ivory flesh. Very sweet. 6lb fruit. Disease resistant. Excellent fresh market type.
|#3485 Packet, $6.50 each, Approximately 30 seeds||
|#B1z-3485 Bulk seed 1oz, Approximately 1200 seeds $8.50 each,||
|#B4z-3485 Bulk seed, 4oz Packet, $18.50 each,||
|#B1-3485 Bulk seed, 1lb, $31.50,||
Stutz Supreme (95-105 days) A rare honeydew variety from Joe Stutz of California. 5-10 lb melons have smooth beige skin and orange flesh. Keeps producing until frost.
|#272 Packet, $4.50 each, Approximately 20 seeds||
MUSKMELON (CANTALOUPE, MUSHMELON)
Amish (80-90 days) This Amish heirloom has 4-7 pound fruits with deep markings on the skin and thick deep orange flesh. Dependable growth in almost any condition.
|#273 Packet, $3.50 each, Approximately 10 seeds||
Blenheim Orange (80-90 days) Heirloom traced to the 1880s having thick orange flesh and netted skin. Excellent for short season areas.
|#685 Packet, $3.50 each, Approximately 20 seeds||
Eel River (90-100 days) This rare Japanese heirloom variety was brought to the US after WWII. Golden skin with deep orange flesh. Sweet & juicy and can reach 10 pounds in weight.
|#275 Packet, $3.50 each, Approximately 15 seeds||
Hales Best Jumbo (80-90) This old heirloom sets the standard for muskmelon. 3-4 pound oval fruits with deep markings on the skin and thick salmon-colored flesh. Resists drought and powdery mildew.
|#276 Packet, $3.50 each, Approximately 30 seeds||
|#B1z-276 Bulk seed 1oz $8.50||
|#B4z-276 Bulk seed 4oz $14.50||
|#B1-276 Bulk seed 1 lb $26.50||
|#P-276 One Plant in 2 1/2" pot $4.50||
|#P6-276 Six Plants- moist root shipping pack $11.50||
Iroquois (85 days) 7 x 6 inch sweet orange flesh. Disease resistant and productive.
|#12345 Packet, $3.50 each, Approximately 30 seeds||
|#B1z-12345 Bulk seed 1oz $8.50||
|#B4z-12345 Bulk seed 4oz $14.50||
|#B1-12345 Bulk seed 1 lb $26.50||
Jenny Lind (70-75 days) Heirloom variety introduced in 1846 (named after the famed entertainer) with 1-3 pound fruits. Light green flesh smells and tastes wonderfully sweet.
|#277 Packet, $7.50 each, Approximately 20 seeds||
|#Bm-277 Bulk seeds, 1000 seeds, $37.50 each,||
Planters Jumbo (85 days) 4lb slightly oval melons with tan skin and a deep netting. Flesh is sweet and juicy with a small seed cavity. Dependable producer and a favorite among growers. Mildew resistant.
|#4887 Packet, $3.50 each, Approximately 30 seeds||
|#B1z-4887 Bulk seed 1oz $8.50||
|#B4z-4887 Bulk seed 4oz $14.50||
|#B1-4887 Bulk seed 1 lb $26.50||
Schoon's Hard Shell (88-95 days) Heirloom from New York state. 5-8 pound melons have a hard shell that makes the type great for shipping. Flesh is orange, sweet and fragrant.
|#564 Packet, $3.50 each, Approximately 30 seeds||
|#B1-564 Bulk seed 1 lb $11.99||
Superstar (86 days) Hybrid. Large 8-9lb melons are round to slightly oval with a thick flesh and netting. Keeps several days after picking which makes it a good choice for farmer's markets or roadside sales.
|#3464 Packet, $8.50 each, Approximately 15 seeds||
|#B500-3464 Bulk seed 500 seeds $58.50||
|#Bm-3464 Bulk seed 1000 seeds $92.50||
Yellow Krim (80-85 days) Heirloom from the Ukraine. Skin is yellow-orange, flesh is pale yellow and extremely sweet. Good variety for short seasons or cool climates.
|#563 Packet, $3.50 each, Approximately 10 seeds||
Banana (96 days) 4in. diameter elongated melons that resemble huge bananas. Flesh is light orange, sweet and juicy with a slight spicy flavor.
|#1256 Packet, $3.50 each, Approximately 20 seeds||
Bitter Melon - High Moon (90 days) Also known as bitter cucumber, karella or balsam pear, these pale green warty melons are shaped like large cucumbers and can be eaten steamed, stir-fried, or pickled and are often used in chutneys and curries.
|#637 Packet, $3.50 each, Approximately 20 seeds||
|#B1z-637 Bulk seed, 1oz, $35.50 each,||
|#B4z-637 Bulk seed 4oz, $87.50,||
|#B1-637 Bulk seed 1lb, $240.0||
Charentais (80-90 days) A French variety with thick orange flesh and netted skin. Known for its sweetness.
|#561 Packet, $3.50 each, Approximately 20 seeds||
Queen Anne Pocket Melon (Plum Granny, Dudaim Melon)- (80-90 days) A rare variety of melon, very popular in Victorian times and used as a pocket pomander. Fruits are 2-1/2in. in diameter with velvety orange skin veined in a darker orange. The smell is pungent and heavenly, but the taste is negligible. Can be trellised.
|#278 Packet, $3.50 each, Approximately 20 seeds||
A native of southern Asia, melons (excepting Watermelons, See Here), are members
of the Gourd family, Cucurbitaceae and are classified into two
groups - netted skin types (Muskmelon) and smooth skinned
types (Honeydew and Casaba), which are long seasoned varieties and
do best in warmer climates. Cultivated melons grow on long
slender vining stems and heart shaped leaves. They
bear male and female flowers that are polinated by insects and
Melons are propagated by seed and can be direct sowed or sown for
transplants. When planting for transplants, sow seed in pots
or plug trays about 4 weeks before transplanting outdoors.
Keep moist (Don't let
the soil dry out.) at about 80F until germination (see graph below). One week before transplanting, reduce the
temperature to 75F and reduce water . When the weather is
settled and frosts have passed, transplant into prepared garden
soil, being careful not to disturb the roots more than
necessary. Space seedlings 2-3 feet apart in rows 6 feeet
apart. Cutivate young transplants carefully - don't disturb
the roots and keep the soil watered. Mulch around the plants
to maintain moisture and keep weeks down. Melons can be
trellised. For direct sowing, prepare garden soil .
Sow seed in hills, 3-4 seeds every 3 feet in rows 6 feet
apart. Keep well watered until germination, then reduce
water as seedlings grow. Thin plants to 1 per hill.
Watch for insects that can carry diseases.
Pick Muskmelons when cracks appear at the point at which the fruit is attached to the stem. The fruit should separated easily adn have a rich buff coloring. Honeydew, charentais and crenshaw melons must be cut from the vine before the stems show cracks. Store muskmelons at 85% humidity at 38-41F; Other melons at 45-50F
Seed count: Average 1,200 seeds per ounce
Seeding rate: 30 seeds per 10ft row, 100 seeds/50ft, 1000seeds per 500ft., 15,000 seeds per acre (3 seeds per 18", rows 6ft apart)
59ºF x 0% x 0 days; 68ºF x 38% x 8 days; 77ºF x 94% x
4 days; 86ºF x 90% x 3 days; 95ºF x 0% x 0 days;
There is great diversity in the melon varieties that we offer; which makes the general information provided only valuable as adjustable guidelines. This may also affect your seed planting and propagation strategies and the germination rates under your planting conditions may vary from the seed lot test results. The following soil temperature data is for average muskmelon. Temperatures are average daytime from planting to emergence. Percentage is average germination rate. Days is number of days to emergence.
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