Fruit weights 7-8 pounds
Approx. 25 seeds per pack
A small group of Canadian preservationists are to thank for bringing back this incredibly flavorful variety in the 1990s. This melon variety produces a 7-8 pound, 8” diameter fruit with thick, green flesh and a pale green, sweet flesh. For peak flavor, harvest fruits when slightly under-ripe, before the rind turns yellow, and the fruit softens. Melons are round to slightly flattened with a heavy, silvery netting and deep ribbing that are great for eating fresh.
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.