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Melon, Twice As Nice

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A new melon that leaves no doubt when to harvest!

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Instead of having to determine if the fruit is ready to "slip" from the vine, the rind turns a distinct dark yellow. Pick at this first ripe stage and the flesh is crisp and sweet, reminiscent of a Canary melon. You can also choose to let some stay on the vine for another week or two to enjoy softer and juicier Charentais-type fruits. Delicious either way!
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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.

78 days

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

2 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
78 days
Fruit Weight
2 pounds
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
36-72 inches
Height
15-18 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
Thin
36 inches
Life Cycle
Annual
Melon, Twice As Nice is rated 3.142857142857143 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Looks like litle light colored pumpkins This is the first year we've tried the Twice As Nice. We composed the area well, and they germinated and grew nicely. We waited until the rind was very canary yellow. It is a crisp melon, but we would rather have them a little softer, like a honeydew or canalope. So....we let a couple stay on the vine for another week to week & half. Well, we had to throw it in the compost bin, because it was soft and mushy. Not sure if we can let them sit on the counter top to let them get softer, but we're going to try that. They are a mild tasting melon, kind of like a honeydew. We made a fruit salad with this melon with some red grapes. A very simple salad, and they paired well.
Date published: 2015-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from RE: I NOW HAVE A 6 FT. WALL OF MELONS GROWING! FYI: My melons have been grown into monsters like everything I grow. Says 2 lbs each, but mine are more like 5 lbs. each! HA-HA. As noted by others, they are a little pricey and weak to germinate. However, if "the force" is strong in you... You may have a 6 foot wall of Twice-as-Nice Hybrid Melons too! Almost ready to pick my first one, and there are 5 more now ripening / at least 10 more in the melon growth phase! I am pretty sure these are going to be excellent! Don't shy away pros and weekend warriors! Gotta luv Burpee! Tech-Advanced Growth
Date published: 2012-08-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from too few seeds really disappointed at the quantity of seeds in the package. Purchased 3 pkts and only got 30 seeds
Date published: 2012-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great taste, slow/poor germination absolutely fabulous taste for the melon- kind of a cross between a cantalope and a honeydew, but slow/poor germination. I got 5 melons from the 20 seeds i planted
Date published: 2010-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent melon I had no problems growing this melon. Every seed I planted germinated. The description is correct in that the later you let this melon sit on the vine, the softer and sweeter it gets. I experimented with when I picked and the longer you can let it ripen the sweeter it gets. This is a very tasty melon. I'll definitely grow it again next year.
Date published: 2009-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Looks good! I haven't had any problems growing this melon. I'm getting ready to pick the first one any day!
Date published: 2009-08-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very Poor germination I have always been happy with everything I have ordered from Burpees. But, this melon is just not very good at germination. Not sure yet on the fruit itself. First i started a few outside after 18 days of nothing. i put the rest of the pack in a wet napkin then in a ziplock. only 3 of them even started that way. good luck.
Date published: 2009-05-29
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