What are the pros? Easy to grow, sweet tasting.
What are the cons? Conditions MUST be right.
Got seeds 2 years ago, and direct-sowed. Seedlings appeared, but failed. This year, I did 2 different things: started seedlings inside until they got to about 6"; then I made a row of well-composted yard waste (about 12" high x 12" wide next to a sturdy trellis), then topped that with a bag of topsoil, allowed that to sit for a few days, and the transplanted the seedlings. Research indicated that mounds of loose dirt were best for melons, so I gave it a shot, and the melons took off.
Once established, they trellis easily. As long as they have sufficient water, they require little care. When fully ripe they will fall off the vine on their own. Allow them to do so - the skins are tough enough that they don't bruise easily. Another benefit is that if they get a little over-ripe and slightly soften, the melon is still good, and almost gets to candy-like sweetness. The flavor is mostly honeydew, with a touch of cantaloupe. And for seed-savers, the seeds are abundant. Give these a shot!
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