Melon, Delice de la Table

Melon, Delice de la Table

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Mature in 85-95 days
Zones 3+
Fruits grow to 1-2lbs
Full Sun
Approx. 25 seeds per pack

A true French cantaloupe whose name translates as “Delight of the Table.” This is indeed a true statement, as this variety produces a sweet, juicy, orange flesh that is delicious when eaten fresh or within a fruit platter. These orange ribbed dessert melons grow 1-2 pounds. They are very hard to find, but are alive and well in France.

Growing Instructions

Direct Seed: Sow 1-2 weeks after last frost when soil is warm, above 70°F (21°C), 3 seeds every 18", 1/2" deep, thinning to 1 plant/cell or pot. Hill method: Sow direct seed 1/2” deep in hills 12” in diameter of 6-8 seeds after danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Space these hills 6' apart in all directions. Thin to 3-4 plants per hill. 

From Transplant (recommended for shorter growing seasons):  Start indoors 3-4 weeks before last frost. Sow 1/4" deep. Keep temperature 80-90°F (27-32°C) until germination. Handle young plants carefully and never let the soil dry out. Grow seedlings at 75°F (24°C). Reduce water and temperature for a week to harden-off seedlings. When the weather is frost-free, warm, and settled, transplant 2-3' apart in rows 6' apart or thin to 1 plant/cell or pot with scissors and transplant 18" apart. Even hardened-off melon seedlings are tender. Do not disturb roots when transplanting, and water thoroughly.

Melons love heat and should be planted in full sun.