70 days. One of the sweetest, most aromatic
melons you will ever taste! Ha Ogen is
quick-growing, open-pollinated melon
that has 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!
This packet sows 5 to 8 mounds.
Days to Emerge:
When to sow outside: 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost, and when soil temperature is above 60°F.
When to start inside: Recommended
for cold winter climates. 2 to 4 weeks
before average last frost. To minimize
transplant stress, use paper or pulp pots
and transplant pots directly into soil.
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.
Artist: Carolyn Crawford