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Trifecta Melon

Botanical Name: Cucumis melo

$4.95
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# of seeds per packet: 25 seeds / Certified Organic

Description

83 days. This melon was named for its exceptional balance of three desirable traits: high quality fruit, large yields, and remarkable resistance to disease. Deep orange flesh is blissfully sweet. This medium-sized cantaloupe (3-5 lbs) has a very firm texture perfect for slices, cubes or melon balls that keep well in the fridge. Ripe fruits are yellow/tan and have moderate ribbing and lightly netted exterior. Trifecta is another top-notch cucurbit variety we discovered through Virginia based seed farmer Edmund Frost’s research with Cornell University based breeder Michael Mazourek. Trifecta came out of an experimental melon breeding project to deal with intense downy mildew pressure, while maintaining strong yields and excellent eating qualities. CW

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 5/1. 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 6/1. Or, direct sow seeds outdoors (1/2” deep) around 6/1, 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 melon rind turns from green to tan/orange and fruit 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

83 days. This melon was named for its exceptional balance of three desirable traits: high quality fruit, large yields, and remarkable resistance to disease. Deep orange flesh is blissfully sweet. This medium-sized cantaloupe (3-5 lbs) has a very firm texture perfect for slices, cubes or melon balls that keep well in the fridge. Ripe fruits are yellow/tan and have moderate ribbing and lightly netted exterior. Trifecta is another top-notch cucurbit variety we discovered through Virginia based seed farmer Edmund Frost’s research with Cornell University based breeder Michael Mazourek. Trifecta came out of an experimental melon breeding project to deal with intense downy mildew pressure, while maintaining strong yields and excellent eating qualities. CW

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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 5/1. 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 6/1. Or, direct sow seeds outdoors (1/2” deep) around 6/1, 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 melon rind turns from green to tan/orange and fruit 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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