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Melon - Juan Canary, ORGANIC

Melon - Juan Canary, ORGANIC

Also known as an Amarillo melon, Canary melons grow to about 4-5 lbs. and have sugary-sweet white flesh. Keeps very well, and a great seller at markets. Approx. seeds per packet = 2 Packet $2.95 Packet weight 1 gram ¼ oz. $9.3, ½ oz. $13.95, ¾ oz. $17.25, 1 oz. $2.9

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Average Seed / oz Seed / 100' Row Average Yield / 100' Row Days to Harvest
1000 1/2 oz 50-100 lbs 105-115
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" 25
Mature Spacing Days to Sprout Production Cycle Seed Viability
18-24" 3-10 Annual 5-7 years

Bed Preparation

Cantaloupes and muskmelons are frost sensitive annuals that prefer full sun and fertile, evenly moist soil. Mulch around seedlings to suppress weeds and conserve moisture.

Planting

Direct seed after last frost and when soil temperatures are 70-90˚F. Seeds can also be started indoors 2 weeks before the last frost date and transplanted outdoors once the danger of frost has passed. Avoid disturbing the roots as much as possible when transplanting.

Sow seeds 1/2" deep and 5” apart in rows that are 4-5 ft apart. Seeds will sprout in 3-10 days. Thin seedlings so that mature plants are 18-24" apart.

Harvest

Depending on the variety, melons may take up to 90 days to ripen. 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. To determine ripeness, look for the melons to change color and tendrils near the fruit to dry and turn brown. Twist melon to remove from vine. If ripe, the melon's stalk will easily separate from the vine.

Seed Saving

Melons are an insect pollinated annual that will cross readily with other melons of the Cucumismelo family. This does not include watermelons, but does include certain gourds. Leave melons on the vine for as long as possible to ensure good seed development. When ready to harvest, you will scrape out the seeds into a jar or bucket and add an equal amount of water to seed/pulp mixture, making sure that all of the seeds are covered. Ferment for 2 to 3 days and then rinse very well to remove all of the melon goo that might be holding on. Allow to dry very well on screens or several sheets of newspaper, this could take a few weeks.