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Emerald Gem Melon

Emerald Gem Melon

Botanical Name: Cucumis melo

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# of seeds per packet: 20

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!

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!

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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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