What are the pros? Great production and flavor
What are the cons? Large number of seeds
This was my first year growing this variety, and I'm glad I gave it a shot! I direct-sowed in late May and harvested full-ripe in the second week of September (roughly 105 days). I had 9 melons off of two hills, average size was 8-11 lbs with the largest weighing in at just under 14 lbs. I didn't have any round melons like the photo depicts; all of mine were oval or oblong. The flesh was a beautiful peachy-yellow with brown seeds and a very nice dense and crisp texture. The rind was firm and very dark green. Taste-wise, I found them sweeter and more mellow than my regular red varieties. I actually had these planted in a bed that was relatively neglected, and the vigorous vines thrived in my heavily clay soil with only light watering during extended dry periods. The only negatives from my point-of-view are the relative seediness and slightly later maturity than my other icebox-sized melons. I'll definitely plant this variety next year.
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