Melon - Rocky Ford Green - Cucumis melo
Tender Annual Heirloom. Introduced in 1881, this heirloom variety is a green-fleshed melon. It's also called Nutmeg due to its spicy flavor and outstanding aroma. Early vines produce fruits over 5" in diameter weighing 2-3 lb. A great variety for backyard and market gardens.
Soil & Water: Melons like moderately rich, well-drained soils with plenty of phosphorous and potassium and a pH of 6.0-6.8. For flavorful fruits, melons need moderate water as seedlings, low water before transplanting, moderate water during growth, and low, even water during fruit development.
Planting & Growing: Start seeds indoors 2-3 weeks before the last frost or seed directly after the last frost. Melons need plentiful heat to develop; use plastic mulch and row covers in cooler climates.
Harvesting & Storage: Melons are ripe when the rind changes color to yellow and gentle pressure separates the stem from the vine. Melons can store in the refrigerator for about a week, if you can keep from eating them that long!
Did You Know? Many melons originated in the Middle East. Ancient Romans and Egyptians are known to have enjoyed muskmelons and cantaloupes.
Soil Temperature: 65-80F
Planting Depth: 1/2"
Germination: 7-12 Days
Height At Maturity: 12"-18"
Days To Maturity: 94 Days
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing After Thinning: 3'-5'
Approx Seeds per 1/4 lbs: 4,167
4 x 8 x 0.75 inches.