Melon, Delicious 51 (Cucumis melo) - 20 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zone: 3-12
Maturing in 85 days, this variety developed at Cornell University is an early arriver for the season making it one of the most popular choices for home vegetable gardens. This variety produces heavy yields of 2-3 pound fruits and is known for its amazing sugary flavor and smell. It one of the best varieties for northern growers and has great resistance to powdery mildew.
Melons must not be planted until the soil temperature has warmed to 70-80°F, since they thrive in heat. Start the plants indoors only 2-4 weeks before transplanting, since if the plants grow too large they have difficulty adjusting to the change. Sow several seeds 1/2" deep in each peat pot, and keep them at 75 degrees until they germinate. Thin to the strongest plant in each pot by cutting off the others. Gradually accustom the plants to outdoor temperatures by setting them outside during the day, then transplant them to hills 4-6' apart with 2-3 plants to a hill. For companion planting benefits, plant melons near corn but not potatoes.
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