Melon Muskmelon/Cantaloupe Hearts of Gold Organic HEIRLOOM Seeds

Melon Muskmelon/Cantaloupe Hearts of Gold Organic HEIRLOOM Seeds

Cucumis melo

Item #3012

80 days. Hearts of Gold is a high quality heirloom that can be grown in short season climates! These very productive plants produce fruit that is dark orange, firm-fleshed and aromatic. Round, 3 lb. fruits up to 6" in diameter.

This packet sows 10 mounds.

Days to Emerge:
5-10 days

Seed Depth:
1/2”

Seed Spacing:
3 seeds
per mound

Mound Spacing:
4”-6” apart

Thinning:
When 3” tall
thin to 1-2 plants
per mound


When to sow outside: 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost, and when temperatures are warm.

When to start inside: Recommended for cold winter climates. 4 to 6 weeks before average last frost. Seedlings don’t transplant well – use paper or pulp pots and transplant pots directly into soil after gently removing the bottoms.

Harvesting: Harvesting at the right time is very important with melons. Commercial growers harvest before melons are ripe, forcing them to ripen off the vine, but, the last few days of ripening on the vine put a lot of sugars into the melon. Bottom line is that melons taste significantly better when vine ripened. How do you know when melons are ripe? These indicators: 1) The color between the surface netting is brown, not green. 2) A ripe melon will have a pleasant, fruity aroma at the blossom end. 3) A crack will form on the stem right near the point of attachment. This is called the “slip stage”, and in a few days, the melon will detach from the vinewith little effort and pressure. If it is somewhat difficult to detach the fruit from the vine, the melon is not ready yet. Do not allow to over-ripen.

Artist: Carolyn Crawford



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