Single Packet of 100 Seeds
Grow the deliciously sweet Planters Jumbo Melon, from freshly harvested Cucumis melo seeds. Planters Jumbo is a heirloom variety that was first introduced back in 1954. They grow surprisingly well in the hottest and most humid of conditions. The plants will grow outwards, trailing the earth, to a length of roughly 10 feet long. They will grow to a height of only 2 feet tall however. Planters Jumbo Melon will produce sweet cantaloupe type fruits with a tan, meshed outer skin, and a creamy yellow-orange flesh. The fruits weigh anywhere between 4 to 5 pounds and can measure about 6 inches in diameter.
Grown as an annual vine, the Planters Jumbo 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.
The Planters Jumbo Melon can be ready for harvesting in roughly 85 to 90 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 85 to 90 days.
Harvesting Planters Jumbo Melons
Your Planters Jumbo Melon fruits will be ready for harvesting in roughly 85 to 90 days. One week prior to harvesting, you should consider cutting down the amount of moisture that you provide the vines. Watering just enough to keep the vines alive will allow the plants to focus their energy on creating sweeter fruits by adding more sugar to the melon. Planters Jumbo Melons are ripe when the rind is hard and the fruits give off a sweet scent.
Melons typically last for about 1 week. They should be enjoyed quickly before they go bad. You can also chop them up and freeze them as well.