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Melon, Early Silverline

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HEIRLOOM. A small delicious gourmet melon rarely found in markets.

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Unique, elongated oriental melon. White, crisp flesh sweet and fragrant. Yellow skin lined with silvery furrows, so thin it can be peeled like an apple. GARDEN HINTS: For early fruiting and to overcome a short growing season, start seeds in a warm, well-lighted indoor area 3 to 4 weeks before last spring frost. Before transfer to garden, accustom plants to outdoor conditions by moving to a sheltered area outside for a week. Grow on plastic mulch to control weeds, conserve soil moisture and protect fruit by keeping it off the ground.
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Days To Maturity

76 days

Fruit Weight

1-2 pounds

Sun

Full Sun

Spread

3-6 feet

Height

15-18 inches

Sow Method

Direct Sow

Planting Time

Summer

Sow Time

After Last Frost

Thin

36 inches

Life Cycle

Annual

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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 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
    • 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.
    • 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 Maturity
    76 days
    Fruit Weight
    1-2 pounds
    Sun
    Full Sun
    Spread
    3-6 feet
    Height
    15-18 inches
    Sow Method
    Direct Sow
    Planting Time
    Summer
    Sow Time
    After Last Frost
    Thin
    36 inches
    Life Cycle
    Annual
  • Melon, Early Silverline is rated 3.625 out of 5 by 8.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by 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: 2014-07-22
    Rated 3 out of 5 by 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: 2013-08-19
    Rated 1 out of 5 by 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: 2013-07-22
    Rated 1 out of 5 by 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: 20000-06-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 0050-09-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2008-08-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2114-03-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by 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
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