What are the pros? Cooler summers
What are the cons? needs consistent watering
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.
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