ROCKMELON Papayadew F1 - 7 Seeds
These are Hybrid seeds, and as such not suitable for seed savings – seeds may be treated to disinfect them from seed-borne or soil-borne pathogenic organisms and storage insects.
It's hard to beat the simple pleasure of eating a sweet, juicy slice of cool melon on a hot day. This is one of our new favourite melons! This melon is as sweet and flavorful as you will find. Papayadew's rind is not only smooth and thin making it great for slicing but it turns from mild green to a creamy yellow as the fruit matures, making it easy to tell when it is ripe. A wonderful hybrid honeydew melon that rates high on the sweetness scale. The aroma and flavour suggest a luscious tropical fruit. The melons ripen white a yellow-white skin and orange flesh. It's an easy, delicious fruit that makes a great treat or snack. Melons are versatile, easy-to-grow, vining plants, with compact varieties for small gardens and even some that will grow up space-saving trellises! Give melons fertile soil and warm temperatures, and you'll harvest plenty of tasty, vitamin-rich fruits that can be enjoyed chilled or straight from the garden!
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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