A popular summer time melon. This sweet, juicy melon grows best in warmer climates. The melon plant produces 3-4 lb, oval shaped fruits with a tasty orange flesh and a thick, rough green rind covered by a tan netting.
How to Grow Hales Best Jumbo Melon
- Latin Name: Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis
- Days to Maturity: 85- 120
- Hardiness Zone: 3- 12
- Soil: 70< degrees
- Temperature: Warmer
- Light Preference: Full sun
- Depth: 1/2"
- Plant Space: 3"
- Row Spacing: 6'
- Pests/disease: Melon aphids, cucumber beetles, downy and powdery mildew
- Seed Count:
- 1oz- Approximately 1,000 seeds
- 4oz- Approximately 4,000 seeds
- 1lb- Approximately 16,000 seeds
It is recommended around midsummer time for any small fruit or blossom are pinched from the vine to allow the larger fruit to receive the maximum water and nutrients possible. The plants will need 1 to 2 inches of water weekly. To lessen the risk of disease be sure to water at soil level and keep the melons off the ground. Avoid moving the vines as they are delicate and easily damaged. The melons are ready for harvest when they have taken on a primarily tan color and are easily detached from the vine.