What are the pros? Delicious
What are the cons? Finicky
I got these seeds as a sample with my first Baker Creek order a few years ago. The plants are relatively compact, set fruit early, and ripen well in southwestern PA. As others have noted, this variety does not like the heat and prefers to be outdoors rather than in a greenhouse, even at the northern end of climate zone 6. Like all melons, the vines need to be monitored closely for cucumber beetles and powdery mildew. There are short-season melons that have better disease resistance than this one, but for me, they all produced small, bitter-tasting fruit. If one desires fresh summer melon in the northeastern US, this variety has the finest flavor of any short-season melon I have grown so far. When ripe, the flesh is a pale golden color with green swirling at the rind. I would recommend growing this in a large container of fresh compost, mulched with straw on top of the soil to protect the roots and keep the leaves and fruit clean.
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