Ha Ogen Galia Melon Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

#3159
This packet sows up to 8 mounds.
Availability: In Stock
One of the sweetest, most aromatic melons you will ever taste! 'Ha Ogen' is a quick-growing, open-pollinated melon with a long history of devoted connoisseurs. The 3–5 pound fruits are pale green inside with a salmon-colored ring around the seed cavity and a sweet and spicy flavor. If you have room in your garden to grow only one melon this year, 'Ha Ogen' should be your first choice!
$2.49 750 mg

Botanical Name: Cucumis melo

Days to Maturity: 80–90 days

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Native: Africa, Asia, Austraila, West Pacific Islands

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 3'–6' vines

Variety Information: 'Ha Ogen' is a Galia (also called Gallicum) type of melon, with vigorous vines producing approximately six, very sweet and juicy 5", 3–5 pound melons with smooth yellow skin, green sutures, and no netting. The flesh is pale green with a salmon-colored ring around the seed cavity. Galia types are resistant to splitting during wet weather and "slip" off the vine like muskmelons (what we usually call cantaloupes).

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is 70°–90°F.

When to Start Inside: Recommended for short-season areas. 2 to 4 weeks before transplanting within 2 weeks after your average last frost date. Sow into biodegradable pots that can be directly planted in the ground; roots are sensitive to disturbance.

Days to Emerge: 5–10 days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: 2–3 seeds per mound

Row Spacing: 4'–6' apart

Thinning: Thin to 1 plant per mound

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; so melons taste significantly better when vine ripened. How do you know when 'Ha Ogen' melons are ripe? A ripe melon will have a pleasant, fruity aroma at the blossom end; and a crack will form on the stem right near the point of attachment (this is called the "slip stage"). In a few days, the melon will detach from the vine with 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.

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