Melons

(Cucumis melo) Melons are believed to have originated in Central Asia and the Middle East, which is not surprising given the thousands of melon varieties cultivated there today. We offer heirloom varieties that can mature in any climate, delivering the sweet and juicy flavor experience unique to melons. In a fruit family as diverse as melons, the climatic growing requirements vary greatly. However, all melons are known for the love of sandy loam soil. Melons are very frost sensitive, so do not plant until the soil has warmed and nighttime low temperatures are above 50 degrees F. Melons grow best when direct seeded, but for those with very short growing seasons, it’s advisable to start the plants indoors. Just be careful not to leave the plants in pots longer than three weeks; cucurbits hate becoming rootbound! Seeds germinate in 5-14 days and ideal germination temperature is 80-90F. Plant seeds 1/2 inch deep. Thin seedlings to two feet apart, in rows six feet apart, because these vines love to spread out! Avoid overwatering, especially as fruit is coming to maturity.

COOK IT! Melon Recipes HERE 

GROW IT! Melons Growing Tips HERE

 

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