HOME RUN F1 MELON
- Not huge fruits, but very sweet
- Long, productive vines
- Thick flesh
- Hybrid seeds
- Matures in 82 days
Home Run cantaloupe seeds are an early Athena type cantaloupe with very good flavour. Home Run cantaloupe was a hit from our 2010 melon trial. The vines were long and productive, with two main harvests in a greenhouse setting. Thick flesh and attractive exterior netting. Not huge fruits, but very sweet and aromatic. Growing cantaloupes at home allows you to pick the fruits from the vine at their peak of ripeness. The sugar content will be extremely high, and the depth of flavour is unlike any store bought cantaloupe you’ve ever tasted. For the extra effort melons require, they are absolutely worth it.
Matures in 82 days. (Hybrid seeds)
Cantaloupes (musk melons) & Honeydews: Cucurbita melo
Watermelons: Citrullus lanatus
Easy in a greenhouse or cloche, or outdoors in long, warm summers. Difficult without these conditions.
Season & Zone
Season: Warm season
It is essential to start seeds indoors or in a greenhouse mid to late April. Transplant at the end of May or first week of June, when the plants are 5 weeks old. Optimal soil temperature for germination: 20-25°C (68-77°F). Seeds should sprout in 5-10 days.
Sow seeds 1cm (½”) deep. Set transplants 60-90cm (24-36″) apart in rows 1.5-2m (5-6′) apart.
Ideal pH: 6.0-6.8. Choose a warm, well-drained soil. Add dolomite lime and compost or well-rotted manure to the bed and ½-1 cup of complete organic fertilizer beneath each transplant. Melons need really warm growing conditions. Use black plastic mulch, cloches, or floating row covers. Success may improve in raised beds. Melons plants require 8-10 weeks of good, hot growing weather from the middle of June to the end of August. During that time, a melon vine must grow 5-9 leaves before starting to flower, then set 4 or more male flowers before making its first female flower, and then ripen its fruit before cool, damp weather sets in. Melons do not ripen off the vine. During the entire growing season, make sure to provide ample water.
Fruit will ripen in late August to early September. Ripe cantaloupe will easily detach from the vine when light finger pressure is applied to the stem. Watermelon is ripe when the tendril nearest to the fruit withers and dries up.
In ideal conditions at least 60% of seeds will germinate. Usual seed life: 3 years. Per 100′ row: 60 seeds, per acre: 5.2M seeds.
Melons are great companions for corn, marigolds, nasturtiums, pumpkin, radish, squash, and sunflowers. Avoid planting near potatoes. Melon leaves are full of calcium, so they’re good for the compost heap.
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