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250 Hales Best Jumbo Cantaloupe Melon Seeds

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  • Model: TGW-HALES2
  • Manufactured by: The Gardening World

Description

Heirloom Hales Best Jumbo Melon Seeds. Cucumis melo/Citrullus lanatus, 85 days. Yielding large, oval, ribbed fruits weighing up to 5 to 6 pounds, this cantaloupe is a traditional favorite. With heavy netting and fine textured, bright orange flesh, it holds a sweet flavor. Drought tolerant.

***CANTALOUPE GROWING GUIDE BELOW***

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All seeds will come in a 2x3 resealable plastic zip lock bag, shipped in a protective bubble mailer with tracking. If you have any questions you can message us at any time. Shipping time is usually between 2 and 6 business days. We ship your seeds out the same day or within 1 business day if seeds are ordered after hours.

Ships within 1 business day by USPS with tracking.

CANTALOUPE GROWING GUIDE

What we commonly refer to as ‘cantaloupe’ is actually not true cantaloupe, rather, a type of muskmelon. (True cantaloupe has a rough, warty rind and is not widely grown or commercially available in the US.) Muskmelons are a heat-loving fruit with a long growing season. Their cultural and growing requirements are very similar to other melons. They have a net-like, tan rind, and sweet orange flesh. The names muskmelon and cantaloupe are used interchangeably. We will use the name cantaloupe for this page to avoid confusion.

PLANTING

  • Amend soil with aged manure or compost before planting.
  • Growing the vines in raised rows, known as hills, ensures good drainage and will hold the sun’s heat longer.
  • If you are in a cooler zone, start seeds indoors about a month before transplanting. Cantaloupe vines are very tender and should not be transplanted until all danger of frost has passed.
  • If you live in warmer climes, you can direct sow seeds outdoors, but wait until the soil temperature warms to at least 65 degrees to avoid poor germination. Plant seeds one inch deep, 18 inches apart, in hills about 3 feet apart.
  • If you have limited space, vines can be trained to a support such as a trellis.

PLANT CARE

  • Cantaloupe likes loamy, well-drained soil. Handle them gently when you transplant. Add lots of compost to the area before planting and after planting.
  • Mulching with black plastic will serve multiple purposes: it will warm the soil, hinder weed growth and keep developing fruits clean.
  • Fertilize when vines start growing.
  • Row covers are a good idea to keep pests at bay.
  • While melon plants are growing, blooming, and setting fruit, they need 1 to 2 inches of water per week. Water in the morning, and try to avoid wetting the leaves. Reduce watering once fruit are growing. Dry weather produces the sweetest melon.
  • If you’ve had an exceptional amount of rainfall during the ripening stage, this could cause the bland fruit.
  • Once fruit begins to grow, prune end buds off vines. Your plants may produce fewer melons, but they will be larger and of better quality.
  • Vines produce male and female flowers separately on the same plant. They often begin producing male flowers several weeks before the females appear. (Don’t be discouraged when the first blooms do not produce fruit.)
  • Blossoms require pollination to set fruit, so be kind to the bees!

PESTS/DISEASES

  • Aphids
  • Cucumber Beetles
  • Squash Vine Borer Moths
  • Fusarium Wilt

HARVEST/STORAGE

  • When rinds begin to change from green to tan or yellow, the melon is probably ripe, but be careful not to pick too early.
  • Look for a crack in the stem where it attaches to the fruit. This is a sign of ripeness as well. The fruit should be easy to separate from the vine, but if they fall off by themselves they are usually overripe.
  • Harvest melon when vines are dry, and be careful not to damage them.
  • They will soften after harvesting, but will not continue to sweeten off the vine.
  • Cantaloupe can be stored uncut for 5 or 6 days. If cut, they can last in the refrigerator for about 3 days, wrapped tightly in plastic.





This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 03 October, 2017.



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