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Melon, Creme De La Creme Hybrid

Short Description

The melon skin is orange-yellow and lightly netted. Inside, the fruit is creamy white.

Full Description

Not a cantaloupe, honeydew or muskmelon, there is simply no other melon like this one. It's deliciously fragrant, very sweet and slightly spicy. The creamy white fruit inside is enticingly marbled with pale orange, and the rind is orange to yellow and lightly netted. Melons are 7 to 8" in diameter and slip from the vine when ripe. Plants yield like mad, fruits ripen fast and are great for northern climates.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

75 days

Fruit Weight The average weight of the fruit produced by this product.

6 pounds

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

36-72 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

15-18 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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How to Sow and Plant

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Direct sowing is recommended, but to get a head start you can start melons indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost in individual biodegradable pots indoors. Sow 2-3 seeds per pot.
  • Sow seeds ½  inches deep in seed-starting formula
  • Keep the soil moist at 70 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Thin to one plant per pot.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Sowing Directly in the Garden

  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Sow in fertile, warm soil after danger of frost has passed.
  • Sow seeds 3 inches apart in groups of 4-6. Cover with ½ inch of fine soil.
  • Space groups 4-6 feet apart each way.
  • Keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days.
  • Thin to 3 or 4 strongest seedlings in each group when they are 1-2 inches high.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Melons have a shallow root system, mulches help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1-2 inches of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • As plants grow, mulch to control weeds, keep fruits off the ground and conserve moisture.
  • Do not move the vines, they are easily injured.
  • To prevent diseases keep melons off the ground.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvest & Preserving

  • Allow your melons to ripen on the vine. In general fruits are ripe when they smell aromatic and when stems start to crack and the fruit slips off easily with light pressure from your thumb.
  • Harvest cantaloupes when the fruits change from green to yellow or tan and they break away easily from the vine.
  • Harvest winter melons when they turn the appropriate color and their blossom ends are soft.
  • Honeydew melons are ripe when the skin turns to a creamy yellow color and the blossom end is slightly soft. To avoid damage, cut the honeydew off the vine with sharp shears.
  • Watermelons are ready to harvest when their undersides turn from white to a creamy yellow. The tendrils closest to the fruit will also turn brown and dry up and the skin will become dull and hard at harvest time.
  • For best flavor eat at room temperature.
  • Melons may be stored in the refrigerator for a short time. They will lose their flavor and color if stored too long.
Days To Maturity
75 days
Fruit Weight
6 pounds
Full Sun
36-72 inches
15-18 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Sow Time
After Last Frost
36 inches
Life Cycle
Melon, Creme De La Creme Hybrid is rated 4.7272727272727275 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hands down the best tasting melon EVER!!! First year growing these melons and they are fabulous! Beautiful golden color on the outside and extremely juicy and flavorful on the inside. No brainer as far as knowing when they're ready - they turn golden and literally fall of the stem when you touch them. The fruit is very sweet and I didn't detect any of the slightly spicy flavor that others have mentioned. This is the only melon we'll be growing from now on!
Date published: 2016-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to grow and Tastes amazing. Turns from green to yellow when ready so easy to tell when ripe! I grow a lot of melons and this is one that I ended up having to hide once my children figured out how good it was!
Date published: 2016-04-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bring back Orange Sorbet This melon was ok. The taste was nothing special. I usually order Orange Sorbet but you have not sold the seeds in a few years. It was by far my favorite melon. Bring Back Orange Sorbet!!!
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best melon ever I will make this short. In the last 7 years this is the best tasting, best growing, most dependible melon in my garden...period. Buy it!
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most Delicious Melon Ever!!!!! The Creme De La Creme Melon is by far the most delicious melon I have ever grown or eating. The flavor is incredible -- exceptionally sweet -- like eating your favorite homemade french vanilla ice cream. It is definitely a "TREAT" -- I have shared it with family members, friends, and co-workers, and they all just love this incredible treat . Easy to grow and produce an abundance of large size melons. There absolutely no guessing as to when the melon is ripe -- the outer skin becomes a bright golden yellow and the melon slip off the vine with a slight touch.
Date published: 2012-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heaven!! These were a bit slow to get started but once they did, WOW! The melons stay dark green all the way up to about 48 hours before they are ripe and they had us fooled into thinking we were in for a long wait. There is absolutely no guesswork here. They turn yellow and then simply fall off the vine without intervention. They are fragrant, small and delicious. These little treats were fought over in our home! :)
Date published: 2011-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Melon This is my first year growing this melon. Has done pretty well considering the horrible June and July weather we have had (very rainy and cold in the north east). Melons look remotely like the picture, mine are more yellow than orange. Fruit is sweet and fragrant like the description suggest. I pick mine as the skin begins to turn color. They slip right off the vine like a cantaloupe. Skin quickly changes to a solid yellow soon after. Yield has been good. I plan on adding this melon to my garden next year.
Date published: 2009-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great choice for a first time gardener This melon is the first melon that I have ever grown and boy does it perform. It grows well in hot dry weather (in texas it gets 100 degrees plus). It is so juicy and sweet. It's a good idea to lay off the water when it begins to ripen to intensify the flavor. I will grow more of these next summer.
Date published: 2009-08-31
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