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Emerald Gem Melon

Emerald Gem Melon

Botanical Name: Cucumis melo

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Description

77 days. This melon from Benzie County, Michigan was introduced in 1886. Melt-in-your-mouth flesh is juicy and refreshingly sweet. Vigorous vines produce a large quantity of high quality fruit over a long harvest period. Grows well in clay soils. Beautiful emerald green fruit ripens to a yellow-orange with pastel-orange flesh. Will keep for weeks in the fridge. Medium sized fruits (approx. 6" long, 2 lbs.) are perfect for urban and homestead gardeners. We're lucky this variety is still with us! NN,CC

This variety is available in BULK. Select quantity above.

Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Soil: melons want lots of organic matter (compost and/or decomposed manure). Melons do not like their roots disturbed during transplanting. Start seeds indoors in small biodegradable pots May 1st. Ideal temperature for germination: 85-95° (use heating mat). Melon seedlings are sensitive to damping off fungus so keep seeds on the drier side and use a fan (set to low) to provide air circulation. Days to germination: 4-5. Once 2 leaves appear, grow plants at 72°.  Do not let plant become pot-bound in their pots. Transplant them outdoors, pot & all, around June 1st. Or, direct sow seeds outdoors (1/2” deep) around June 1st, keeping seeds moist until germination. Protect germinating seeds from slugs (use phosphate organic slug bait). Protect plants from cucumber beetles by covering seeds/seedlings with row cover fabric at planting. Protect plants from groundhogs and deer. Water plants regularly (we recommend drip irrigation/soaker hoses).

 

Harvest:

When melons turn from green to yellow/orange and are easily removed from the plant.

 

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Melons are insect pollinated and will cross with all other melon  varieties (except watermelons) within ½ mile (or let the melon varieties cross and see what you get!). Minimum population size: 6-25 plants (but you can save seed from less # of plants if the seeds are for your own use). Always select seeds from the best plants. Rinse and dry seeds from ripe melons.

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Description

77 days. This melon from Benzie County, Michigan was introduced in 1886. Melt-in-your-mouth flesh is juicy and refreshingly sweet. Vigorous vines produce a large quantity of high quality fruit over a long harvest period. Grows well in clay soils. Beautiful emerald green fruit ripens to a yellow-orange with pastel-orange flesh. Will keep for weeks in the fridge. Medium sized fruits (approx. 6" long, 2 lbs.) are perfect for urban and homestead gardeners. We're lucky this variety is still with us! NN,CC

This variety is available in BULK. Select quantity above.

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Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Soil: melons want lots of organic matter (compost and/or decomposed manure). Melons do not like their roots disturbed during transplanting. Start seeds indoors in small biodegradable pots May 1st. Ideal temperature for germination: 85-95° (use heating mat). Melon seedlings are sensitive to damping off fungus so keep seeds on the drier side and use a fan (set to low) to provide air circulation. Days to germination: 4-5. Once 2 leaves appear, grow plants at 72°.  Do not let plant become pot-bound in their pots. Transplant them outdoors, pot & all, around June 1st. Or, direct sow seeds outdoors (1/2” deep) around June 1st, keeping seeds moist until germination. Protect germinating seeds from slugs (use phosphate organic slug bait). Protect plants from cucumber beetles by covering seeds/seedlings with row cover fabric at planting. Protect plants from groundhogs and deer. Water plants regularly (we recommend drip irrigation/soaker hoses).

 

Harvest:

When melons turn from green to yellow/orange and are easily removed from the plant.

 

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Melons are insect pollinated and will cross with all other melon  varieties (except watermelons) within ½ mile (or let the melon varieties cross and see what you get!). Minimum population size: 6-25 plants (but you can save seed from less # of plants if the seeds are for your own use). Always select seeds from the best plants. Rinse and dry seeds from ripe melons.

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