What are the pros? Easy to grow, loves the heat
What are the cons? Not very big, crack easily
These melons were outstanding for creating ground shade and helping to retain water on our land near Phoenix. Temps snapped right to 110 during June in Phoenix this year, and these melons loved it, growing crazy fast, as much as 20 feet over the next three weeks. I got worried when we had a three-day spell at 120 degrees, but these melons put on their biggest growth spurt during that week above 115, putting on as much as six feet radius per plant over that week.
They are sweet enough. Epsom salts as they reach maturity really increased the sweetness. Scent like a banana, flavor like a cantaloupe. Water them well at first. Stop watering them after the melons start to gain size, or they will crack.
Given their performance through incredible heat conditions, and their ability to weather a total lack of water in these conditions for nearly three weeks while the melons ripened, I would recommend these to anyone in a poor soil desert environment in a heartbeat.
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