ROCKMELON Hales Jumbo - 15 HEIRLOOM Seeds
This is quite early rockmelon that has large (2 Kg) fruit with a rich aroma, orange flesh and a lovely classic melon taste. It is resistant to powdery mildew, tolerates wet conditions and performs extremely well in droughty conditions. The fruit can grow up to 20 cm.
Care & Growing Info
Rockmelons are warm season annual vines and require a long, hot growing season. Start them early, if you can. In temperate areas sow October - November, after all danger of frost; subtropical areas sow September - November; in tropical areas sow April - July, during the dry season. Sow directly where it is to grow 10 - 20mm deep, or start early in individual seedling pots, in cool areas bottom heat will be required. Seed germinates best at a soil temperature of 23 - 35° C. Seed will germinate in 4 - 10 days. Soil should be fertile, well-drained, with a pH 6 - 6.5.
Space rows 1.5 m apart with 1m between plants on raised mounds. Pinch out the growing tip to encourage branching; when the fruit forms pinch back the vine to 2 leaves beyond the fruit.
Melons can be grown vertically where space is limited but support the fruit with onion bags. Growing vertically also reduces the risk of fungal problems. Slide a flat piece of wood underneath ripening fruit on the ground to avoid rotting from contact with wet soil. Harvest when the melon slips easily from the stem.
Harvest in 10-16 weeks. Compatible with (can grow beside) Sweetcorn, Sunflowers. And avoid growing close to Potatoes.
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