This Burpee bred melon is ideal for areas with short growing seasons, and it's our best early cantaloupe, bearing longer than any other melon in our trials. It has firm, bright salmon flesh that is sweet and juicy; the fruits are round to oval, 4½" by 5", slightly ribbed with corky netting and a small seed cavity. The vigorous, productive plants bear 6-8 melons each and resist powdery mildew.
Sow in fertile, warm soil after danger of frost. Sow seeds 3" apart in groups of 4-6.
Cover with 1/2" of fine soil. Keep evenly moist. Space groups 4-6' apart each way. To get a head start, sow 2-3 seeds in individual biodegradable pots indoors, 3-4 weeks before outdoor planting time and grow in a sunny spot or under plant lights. Seedlings emerge in 7-10 days.
How to Grow Cantaloupe
Thin to 3 or 4 strongest seedlings in each group when they are 1-2" high. For indoor started
plants, thin to one seedling per pot. Transplant outdoors after all danger of frost and soil has warmed. Move plants to a sheltered location outdoors for one week before transplanting into the garden to "harden off." As plants grow mulch to control weeds, keep fruits off the ground and
Fruits are ripe when they smell aromatic and when stems Start to crack and slip off easily
with light pressure from the thumb. For best flavor, eat at room temperature.