Hearts of Gold

Cucumis melo

HEIRLOOM Oh, to be a melon and always have a heart of gold! The 4 lb fruit with thick orange flesh, sweet aroma, and full flavor grow abundantly on vigorous vines.

For the best melons, there is a short window of time between the transcendent flavor of perfectly ripe and perfectly rotten. To catch a melon at its peak, check the patch every other day when it's getting close, looking for tell-tale signs of cracking around the stem and full aromas. Those fruits must absolutely be harvested and eaten on the same day. For a more failsafe harvest indicator, fruit is ready when it slips easily from the vine. Beware! Deer loooove perfectly ripe melons too, so guard your patch well! Nutrients: vitamins A and C, (very high in both), K, B6, niacin, folate, potassium, magnesium, manganese and copper.
SizePrice QtyPurchase
1 grams - Packet $ 2.75
1/8 oz $ 6.20
1/4 oz $ 9.30
1/2 oz $ 13.95
1 oz $ 20.90
Average Seed / oz Seed / 100' Row Average Yield / 100' Row Days to Harvest
1000 1/2 oz 50-100 lbs 90
Planting Season Ideal Soil Temp Sun Frost Tolerance
After Last Frost 75-95°F Full Sun Frost Sensitive
Sowing Method Seed Depth Direct Seed Spacing Seeds Per Packet
Transplant or Direct Seed 1/2" 5" 20
Mature Spacing Days to Sprout Production Cycle Seed Viability
18-24" 3-10 Annual 5-7 years
Cantaloupes and muskmelons are frost sensitive annuals that are easy-to-grow by direct seed after last frost or transplants started indoors 2 weeks before your last frost date. They prefer evenly moist soil and full sun with a layer of mulch placed around the young seedlings to keep weeds down before the melon's dense foliage can shade them out. Vine ripening will increase the sweetness of melons. If you pick them before they are ripe, the melons will soften but won't get any sweeter. Plant seeds: 1/2" deep, with 6 seeds about 5" apart in mounded hills spaced at 3' intervals, after danger of frost has passed. Thin each mound leaving the 3-4 strongest seedlings. Or plant in rows with seeds space 5" apart and thin to 18-24". Soil Temp: 75-95 F. Days to Sprout: 3-10. Companions: corn, pumpkin, radish, squash, marigolds, nasturtiums, oregano. Seeds/Oz: 1,000. Seed Wt./100' Row: 1/2 oz. Yield/100' row: 50-100 lbs. Days to Harvest: 65-95. Seed Viability: 5-7 years.