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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: 8
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 3.0

100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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0 out of 0 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

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

10 out of 10 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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19 out of 19 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Colchester
Location:
Colchester, CT
Date:
August 15, 2013
          5.0
 
The best
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Amazing variety

What are the cons? None at this time

Review:

Seeds were purchased at Comstock Ferre in Wethersfield, CT. This variety produces healthy and vigorous vines, yet the vine system does not become overwhelming. Each mound forms neat, orderly vine systems. The melons themselves can only be described as amazing, flavorful, fragrant and highly unique. For six generations the Crane family have been perfecting this variety on their farm in Sonoma County. I am extremely greatful that Baker Creek is able to carry this variety so that I can enjoy Crane melons here in New England. I sincerely hope that Baker Creek keeps this variety for years to come, the only other way to sample this fine melon is by travelling to the Crane Melon Barn in Santa Rosa, California.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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14 out of 14 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
skezzcrom
Location:
Katy, TX
Date:
August 12, 2013
          5.0
 
Sweet goodness
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Super sweet melon

What are the cons? None

Review:

Super sweet melon, tolerates heat here in TX if you keep it watered. Grew this verticle and slung the fruit, they get very heavy (10-14 lbs). Have to be patient and allow this fruit to fully develope, you will be able to smell the fruit when it is ripe.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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6 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
wolfwillow
Date:
August 11, 2012
          5.0
 
the BEST
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros?

What are the cons?

Review:

Wonderful melon, all of our surrounding neighbors drive in and call to see if these are ready. So many we tried making auga fresca with great results and popsicles.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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