Melon, Early Silverline
HEIRLOOM. A small delicious gourmet melon rarely found in markets.
Days To Maturity
After Last Frost
How to Sow and Plant
Sowing Seed Indoors:
- Direct sowing is recommended, but to get a head start you can start honeydew 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
- Thin to one plant per pot.
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.
- Generally, fruits are ripe when they smell fruity.
- 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 Maturity76 daysFruit Weight1-2 poundsSunFull SunSpread3-6 feetHeight15-18 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin36 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Melon, Early Silverline is rated out of 5 by 8.Rated 4 out of 5 by Quin from Early Silverline Melon I chose to grow these melons because they ripened earlier than most any other melon I've ever grown. I knew going in they would not be "sweet" melons. I planted seed in early May, and I just harvested my first two on July 22. First ... they are really cute! Second, as expected they are more crisp than most melons, and not as sweet. Some reviews I've seen suggest a "pear-like" taste, but I thought it was more like a cross between a cucumber and a honeydew. I really wish I had had some prosciutto when I ate my first one; that combination would have been fabulous. Net: if you plant these and expect a "sweet" melon, you will be disappointed. If you think you might like a less sweet melon that would "go" with a wide range of other foods, and that ripens so much earlier than other melons #my cantaloupes and watermelon aren't even close yet#, AND if you want a little melon that is just, well, really, really cute; this melon is a good choice.Date published: 2014-07-22Rated 3 out of 5 by woofie from Silver Line Melon It is a different melon. Was not quite sure if it was actually ripe since it is quite firm. And were we suppose to eat the whole thing. Ended up peeling it like a cucumber and it tasted ok. Had one melon burst open at the end so we assumed it was ready. Still pretty crisp. Not sure if I want to plant these next year.Date published: 2013-08-19Rated 1 out of 5 by LaGrange from Very Bad Melon We've grown many different varieties of melons over the course of many years, and have seldom had a "bad" melon. This year we tried Early Silverline and, while all of our other melons this year were outstanding, the Silverline was tasteless and hugely disappointing. At their very best, these melons resemble a cucumber in flavor, although most had no flavor at all, and none were ever sweet. If you want cucumbers, plant cucumbers! And with so many excellent melon varieties to choose from, why plant these? They were a big waste of garden space, and I would never consider planting them again.Date published: 2013-07-22Rated 1 out of 5 by CamIndiana from Small, Tasteless Melons for Two Years I gave the seeds for this plant to my grandfather, who has more than 70 years farming experience, two seasons ago. Both years the plants failed to produce many melons, and what were produced were small and quick to rot. The few we could harvest had poor, bitter-tasting flesh, which was grimy with schlerenchyma fibers. Both seasons were optimal melon seasons. I would not recommend trying this melon.Date published: 2009-08-25Rated 5 out of 5 by SamsMom from A Really Nice Melon The fruit is small, just enough for one or two people, so there is no waste. It is sweet and crisp and a definate for next year.Date published: 2008-09-02Rated 5 out of 5 by jason11179 from Personal Melons Easy to grow and flavorful. They can be peeled like cucumbers which makes them easy to prepare and the flesh is firm but sweet and light. Harvest when the melon becomes bright yellow with white (or silver) lines.Date published: 2008-08-05Rated 5 out of 5 by psc2874 from easy and carefree Very crisp and refreshing taste and just the right size with no waste. Produced well during a drought in sandy soil without watering, but did better with mulch. Compact and perfect for a small garden.Date published: 2008-07-21Rated 5 out of 5 by Sarge from Great Oriental Melons I purchased these when I lived in Korea. It was a treat for me to find Burpee selling these seeds. I planted 4 plants and I have more than enough fruit. They grow nice and big and when they turn yellow, I pick them. I cut the outer rind off and eat the inside meat. They are very juicy and somewhat sweet. I was told that I should not plant them with cuccumbers, as I lose some of the sweetness. As far as I am concerned, It is a nice fruit and I recommend them for a different taste in melons.Date published: 2007-08-03