Single Packet of 100 Seeds
Grow the deliciously sweet Orange Honeydew Melon, from freshly harvested Cucumis melo seeds. Orange Honeydew Melon is a splendid summer treat that can be enjoyed raw, in fruit salads & platters or in fruit cocktails as well. The melons grow on vines that reach a mature length of roughly 10 feet long, while each plant stands about 2 feet tall. Orange Honeydew Melons can weigh in at around 6 pounds each when ripened and can measure 6 inches in diameter. The outer skin is a pale green to creamy white color, while its inner flesh is a bright orange.
Grown as an annual vine, the Orange Honeydew Melon will establish itself through the summer months, while temperatures are at their peak. Much like pumpkins and watermelons, they will flower before baring fruits. It's male flowers will bloom first, wilting a few days later to expose the female flowers. Once pollinated, the fruits will begin to grow under the female flowers. The key to successful growth of any melon is heat and moisture. You can check below for additional growing information for this variety.
Orange Honeydew Melon can be ready for harvesting in roughly 110 days.
Sowing The Seed
Melons can be started indoors, or directly outdoors as well. If started indoors, sow in peat pots, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost. Place the seeds at a depth of 1/2” under topsoil. Later transplant your entire peat pots into the garden, or direct sow outdoors, once the weather is warm and all danger of frost has passed. Check below for additional information on spacing and growth habits.
Melons will enjoy the heat of summer and thrive in areas of full sunlight. Temperatures should be kept at 70F or higher. The soil will need to be rich and fertile, but also well drained. To improve drainage, we recommend adding a light compost to any areas containing hard, compact soil. Melons consist of mostly water, so a high moisture level is necessary. To avoid possible wilting, watering the plants at their roots and at the base of the stems is best.
Germination & Growth
Melon seeds will typically take anywhere between 7 and 14 days to sprout open. The plants will reach a mature height of roughly 24 to 36 inches tall, vining outwards to take up as much as 10 feet in length. The plants can be grown on hills that are at least 8 inches high and 16 inches wide. Sowing 2 to 4 seeds per hill is best. Direct the plants outwards, away from one another, spacing each hill at least 6 to 8 feet apart. Harvest in roughly 100 to 115 days.
Harvesting Orange Honeydew Melons
When your vines start to establish pumpkins, be sure to place straw under the fruits to prevent them from touching the bare ground beneath, as this will prevent rotting. Your Atlantic Giant Pumpkins will be ready for harvest in roughly 125 days after first sprouts appear. Harvest by cutting the stems at least 2 to 3 inches from the actual fruits, otherwise the fruits will rot.