Melon, Queen Anne's Pocket

Melon, Queen Anne's Pocket

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Mature in 80-90 days
Zones 3+
Full Sun
Approx. 25 seeds per pack

Also known as 'Plum Granny' melon and 'Dudaim Melon’. Victorian women were known to carry these tiny melons in their pockets to counteract the rough aromas of life in the days before deodorant. These melons do produce a heavenly fragrance, filling a room with a sweet and rich aroma. These tiny fruits are velvety with orange and yellow stripes with a white flesh. 

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.