These are beautiful melons with luscious deep-orange golden flesh that is sweet, juicy and fragrant. Rinds are thin, heavily netted and medium ribbed. Vigorous, prolific plants bear nearly round, medium-sized, 2-3 lb. fruits that are ready to pick 90 days from sowing. An heirloom introduced around 1900 and once the most popular commercial cantaloupe in the Midwest.
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.