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Crane Melon (25-50 seeds) (AML130) $2.50

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Crane Melon

         
 
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85 days. The famous California heirloom was introduced in 1920 by Oliver Crane whose family has been farming near Santa Rosa for six generations. Delicious Crenshaw type melons have pale orange flesh that is very sweet and fine flavored; green skinned rind with orange spots when ripe; fruit are 4 lbs. each.
 
Crane Melon
Overall Rating:
         
5.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 11
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0

100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Colchester CT
Location:
Colchester, CT, United States
Date:
August 22, 2016
          5.0
 
Another great year Truly a gem
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Amazing variety in every way

What are the cons? none at this time

Review:

Another great year for the Crane melon here in New England! A lot of New England gardeners are also reporting a good melon year for 2016 however the Crane has been great even during previous years of terrible weather. To save you an ear-full, simply scroll down to read my review from years ago on the vining habits and taste of this variety. Here is a new tip to help ensure your success: if it has been raining a lot and the ground is continuously wet (as it usually is here in Connecticut in August) rotate the developing melons few inches to the left or right every day so a new part can come in contact with the ground while other sections can be dried off by the sun. This will help eliminate cracking and soft spots and ensure even ripening. This can be applied to any non-netted thin skinned melon variety such as Charentais, Delice de la Table, Lunville, Petit Gris de Rennes, etc... Truly a gem, the only way to eat these is to travel to the Crane Melon Barn in Santa Rosa, California!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
rkyrocrat
Location:
sacramento, CA, United States
Date:
June 3, 2016
          5.0
 
Awesome for everyone
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.5
 

What are the pros? EVERYTHING

What are the cons? none

Review:

LOVE this. WE started in peat pellets and peat pots they transfered well into the ground as well as 20in containers. Did 3 plants in container "mounds" and we have melons on everything. Highly recomend. My friends kids love these. The flavor is mild but sweet. Theyre an excellent addition to any small space garden. easy to start and grow.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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6 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
desertgardener
Location:
st George, UT, United States
Date:
January 24, 2016
          5.0
 
High desert alkaline soil
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Grows very well

What are the cons? none

Review:

This melon is a favorite of mine. In our zone 8 desert climate and alkaline soils, honeydews and this melon have done better than any other musk melons or watermelons (during the 8 years I've gardened here). I had a 12 pounder crane melon growing in a cradle of branches in my almond tree two years ago (my first year growing them) and last year the volunteer crane melon from my compost was the best producing melon we grew.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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16 out of 18 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Cindy
Location:
Santa Rosa, CA, United States
Date:
August 16, 2015
          5.0
 
Best melon to grow in N. CA
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Cooler summers

What are the cons? needs consistent watering

Review:

This is the only melon that I have been able to grow here in Santa Rosa, California. I think that this area is just not quite hot enough to grow most melons. It made logical sense to grow a melon variety that was developed here. This year is the fifth year that I have grown crane melons. I live on a suburban lot and prefer growing these in earth boxes or in a drip- irrigated raised bed. I support them with a trellis and support the fruit with panty hose. They produce an average amount of fruit, have a wonderful aroma, and are very tasty. They are worth growing because they can cost as much as $5/lb. in the high end grocery stores where you can find them. The seeds are easy to germinate; I use 3-inch cowpots to start them indoors. They need protection from deer.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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23 out of 25 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Fronklowes
Location:
Joplin, MO
Date:
April 29, 2014
          5.0
 
Thumbs Up
Easy to Grow 0.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Good even when diluted by rain

What are the cons? none

Review:

We grew 15 melon types in 5 gallon containers last summer. This one was big enough to share at my husband's work and got a thumbs up from all taste-testers. It took 26 days from the time it sprouted for it to flower and 88 days from sprouting to our first ripe melon. For those who might want to start early indoors, at 29 days from sprouting, the vine measured 36 inches long. This melon was huge compared to our others, so we tied it to our plastic trellis with an old t-shirt. At maturity, it slipped with very little effort, weighing in at 1 ounce shy of 4 pounds. It had a little bit of cracking, but that was likely due to the rain we received as it was nearing maturity. At any rate, even watered down by the rain, it tasted good. The plant held onto a lot of pregnant females until the first fruit neared maturity. Then it aborted all of them. The plant looked healthy enough to produce another melon, though I'm not sure it was interested. In the end, the cold took the vine.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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