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How to plant Melon seeds

Lilliput Hybrid CantaloupeNew for 2018 VG18169

LIL­LIPUT HYBRID Cantaloupe Melon Seeds 80 days

Super sugary 1 to 2 pound cantaloupes with dark orange, highly aromatic flesh. The delicious fruits are the perfect size to enjoy in a single sitting. Plants are vigorous, remarkably disease resistant, widely adapted and fast to finish.

15 seeds - $3.49

Cantaloupe Ambrosia Hybrid VG10902

AMB­ROSIA HYBRID Cantaloupe Melon Seeds 85 days

Six in. melons average 5 pounds each. Flesh is deep salmon, juicy, and extremely sweet. The vigorous vines are productive, and disease resistant.

10 seeds - $3.99

Cantaloupe Honey Rock organic VG00334

HONEY ROCK Cantaloupe Melon Seeds (OP) 80 days

Organically grown. Vigorous, disease-resistant vines produce 5 to 7 melons per plant. The round, 6 in. fruits have dense, salmon-orange flesh as sweet as honey. Heavily-netted skin is resistant to bruising, making this a tried and true market variety since the 1930s. Packet is 25 seeds.

25 seeds - $2.49

Cantaloupe Hale's Best Jumbo VG00337

HALE'S BEST JUMBO Cantaloupe Melon Seeds (OP) 85 days

Organically grown. Discovered in 1923, this huge, sweet, fragrant cantaloupe type melon can weigh in at 5 lbs. It has dense orange flesh and heavily netted skin. Packet is 25 seeds.

25 seeds - $2.49

How to Plant and Grow Melon

Bee introduces how to plant

Plant Melon Seeds: Start seeds indoors in 2 in. pots or cell packs 3-4 weeks before the last spring frost or (if you live in a long season area) direct seed into the garden after all danger of frost is past. Kept at 75-90°F., germination is in 5-10 days.Take care not to disturb roots when transplanting. Plant in the hottest part of the garden 2 ft. apart in rows 6-8 ft. apart.

Grow Melon: Use black plastic mulch or drape with floating row cover to give melons the heat they need in marginal growing areas. Cantaloupe melons will slip easily from the vine when ripe. Smelling the blossom end can also provide an important clue. When ripe, Cantaloupe melons will have an appealing fruity fragrance.