Hearts of Gold Cantaloupe/Muskmelon Melon Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

This packet sows up to 16 mounds.
4.6666666666667 out of 5 stars
(3 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
'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-pound fruits up to 6" in diameter.
$2.49 1 gram (~32 seeds)

Botanical Name: Cucumis melo

Days to Maturity: 80 days

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Native: Africa, Asia, Australia, West Pacific Islands

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: Sprawling vines average 6'.

Variety Information: Firm, juicy, and aromatic; up to 6" diameter, 3 pounds, with deep orange flesh. Skin is ribbed and heavily netted. Cross between 'Osage' and 'Nettedgem' from 1890.

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. Consequently, melons taste significantly better when vine ripened. How do you know when melons are ripe? Use 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 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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Hearts of Gold Cantaloupe/Muskmelon Melon Seeds Reviews

3 reviews

Wonderful melons

5 out of 5 stars Aug 31, 2020
The seeds germinated well, the plants were vigorous & these melons are wonderful. We're in Northeast Ohio, so we like to grow the smaller melons. These will easily be shared among four people. Now we know why they call them the hearts of gold melons. These are a keeper & will be in our garden every year. These also grew well in 17 gallon containers...one plant per container. I grew one plant in a 5 gallon bucket & it produced 2 small melons, enough for 2 people to share per melon. We also grew a couple of these in our regular garden bed & they produced well. Very good musk melon flavor & texture.
Doreen from OH

Review for Hearts of Gold Cantaloupe/Muskmelon Melon Seeds

4 out of 5 stars Jan 16, 2021
In July Houston, TX. Seeds emerged in 4" pots very fast. Transferred to outside garden in a week and grew great!! Then some bugs ate the leaves like overnight!! Will re-try with better bug prevention.
Brett Babbitt from TX

Great Seeds

5 out of 5 stars Aug 25, 2021
Very high germination rate. Excellent tasting melons.
Dan from ID

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