Minnesota Midget Cantaloupe/Muskmelon Melon Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

This packet sows up to 17 mounds.
Availability: In Stock
This delightful little melon introduced in 1948 by the University of Minnesota produces loads of 4" fruit, sweet and juicy to the rind. Melons in general, love long, hot seasons, but this variety is specially suited to areas with a short growing season, though it can be grown anywhere. Compact, 36" plants are great for containers. Plants are Fusarium wilt resistant.
$2.69 1 gram

Botanical Name: Cucumis melo

Days to Maturity: 60–70 days

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Native: Africa, Asia, Australia, West Pacific Islands

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: Compact vines up to 36" long

Variety Information: 4" round fruits with fine, dense netting and golden-yellow flesh, high sugar content, edible to the rind. 'Minnesota Midget' was developed in 1948 by the University of Minnesota at St. Paul.

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: 24"–36" 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. 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". Harvest when the stem end turns yellow and vines easily "slip" away when the fruit is gently twisted. 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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Minnesota Midget Cantaloupe/Muskmelon Melon Seeds Reviews

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We grew these this year for the first time and were surprised by how many melons we got. I put them in bags of potting soil, as I ran out of time to amend the crummy soil where I wanted to plant them. Even though the bags dried out way too fast and their roots were cramped, and the poor plants were wilted by the time I got home from work every day, I still got 4 to 8 melons per plant. We had a warmer than normal year in CO, and I planted them along our cedar privacy fence so they were very sheltered. I would recommend staggering your planting. All 25 melons ripened in about a two week time frame. It was easy to tell when they were ripe, they just fell off the vine. They were perfect size to share with my husband for dessert, and they were very sweet and flavorful.

Intense flavor and scent, yet easy to grow
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Minnesota Midget was my first attempt at growing cantaloupe. I trellised the plants on 5' x 16' tall wire livestock panels and made slings for the melons because they really do drop when ripe. When they drop they are intensely scented like the perfect cantaloupe, yet taste like a smokey, musky cantaloupe with little sugar. I forgot a few on the countertop for two days and when I tasted them, the sugar development at room temperature was astounding. They were perfect! I won't store them in the fridge until after they have time on the counter. Although cantaloupe is normally grown in the heat of South Texas, even last year's drought and extreme temperatures did little to faze the Minnesota Midget. I watered the garden once or twice a week.