What are the pros? Attractive vine and unique
What are the cons? Difficult to germinate
Let me first start off by saying I absolutely adore this melon. It's definitely a late starter, but once it gets going, it performs well. I grew five different varieties of melons this year and the Zatta was the hardest to get to germinate. The seed packet came with a limited number of seeds (about 10) and I used up every last one of them and only wound up with two viable plants.
I started a few using soil blocks, tried soaking the seeds first, used the wet paper towel method and actually got a few to germinate then they quickly perished. Two finally germinated after 15 days using a T5 light setup and soil blocks. Once in the garden, they were slow to vine but when they did, they really took off with about a 10'-12' reach. Initially, the plant flowered very well and set about 4 fruit (early summer). It continued to flower and recently set six more fruit (early August). The taste is super sweet and well worth the wait and effort. I'm not a huge fan of muskmelons, but this one I love!
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