95 days. This melon was grown by General John Bidwell, who received his seed stock from the USDA in 1869. He was a soldier in the Civil War and also became a U.S. senator. He grew this melon in Chico, California. It produces massive fruit that weigh about 16 lbs each and are football-shaped. The orange flesh is sweet and creamy. Dr. Amy Goldman says “tastes like heavenly orange sherbet,” in her book Melons for the Passionate Grower.
- Full Sun
- Seed Depth: 1/2"
- Sprouts in 7-14 Days
- Ideal Temperature: 75-90 Degrees F
- Plant Spacing: 18"
- Frost Hardy: No
- Cucumis melo
Growing Tips: Melons prefer slightly sandy, very rich, well-drained soil. Be careful not to over water vines, especially as fruit is approaching maturity.