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Cantaloupe, Hales Best Jumbo
HEIRLOOM. This muskmelon became widely popular because it combined excellent flavor with earliness.
Hales Best Jumbo was developed by a Japanese market gardener in California around 1920. It became widely popular because it combined excellent flavor with earliness. It's a beautiful oval melon with deep green skin and golden netting. The flesh is an appealing salmon color, aromatic and sweet.
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.