ROCKMELON Honeydew - 15+ HEIRLOOM Seeds
Summer vine fruit. Large round fruit growing to 20cm. Honeydew melons have a smooth white skin and a thick layer of sweet, greenish-white flesh when ripe. The fruit can be stored for several months.
The greenish-white, sweet edible flesh is delicious and can be added to fruit salads and smoothies or just enjoyed as is. The seeds are also edible and are best soaked in brine then dry-roasted, although the seeds are mostly husk.
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 the 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 of 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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