Emerald Gem Melon

Cucumis melo


20 seeds
Certified Organic
77 days. This melon from Benzie County, Michigan was introduced in 1886. Its exquisite, floral, sweet flavor rivals that of the best French melons. Melt-in-your-mouth flesh is refreshingly juicy - eat it like ice cream with a spoon! Early, vigorous vines are productive in the north and grow well in clay soil. Emerald green fruits ripen 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. This heirloom variety has quite a bit of natural variation - we have been selecting only the sweetest fruit for seed saving. We're lucky this older variety is still with us! CC

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).