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Cantaloupe, Burpee's Ambrosia Hybrid

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Our top-selling cantaloupe for over 20 years.

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Burpee's Ambrosia has been our top-selling cantaloupe for over 20 years because of its luscious, extra-sweet taste, juiciness and nectarous aroma. The thick, firm, flesh is delicious right down to the rind. The 6" melons average 5 lb. each. Vines yield bumper crops and are mildew-resistant.
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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.

86 days

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

5 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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    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: May-16 - Last Date: Jun-13

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
86 days
Fruit Weight
5 pounds
Full Sun
36-72 inches
15-18 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Sow Time
After Last Frost
36 inches
Life Cycle
Cantaloupe, Burpee's Ambrosia Hybrid is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 53.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from trying a heirloom next year These grew like crazy....Nice looking melons and when ripe pulled away from the stem real easy...Only problem was they Tasted like cardboard inside. Not sweet whatsoever. looked beayutiful but tasted like manure....Going to stick with hale's heirloom next year.
Date published: 2019-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Yield - Excellent Flavor Planted this in my spring garden. Great yield throughout summer and wonderful taste. I would put this up there with Texas Pecos cantaloupe!
Date published: 2019-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bumper Crop! I bought these seeds in 2017 and after a few false starts in 2017 and 2018, I finally got it together to plant and grow this properly. I just harvested FIVE melons at the same time with the most wonderful aroma I have ever smelled on a cantaloupe... PERIOD. I saw two more ripen this morning that I have to pick and there are 4 more on the vine still growing! Definitely a great melon. Fruit inner flesh is soft, but not squishy and sweet! Everything you could want in a cantaloupe.
Date published: 2019-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great melons I planted Ambrosia’s in my garden last year and they produced large melons and were very sweet. My garden last year received below average rain fall but the Ambrosias did great. This year my garden is getting above average rain fall and the Ambrosias are producing a lot of melons and again have great flavor and taste Friends and family love them.
Date published: 2019-08-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Huge fruits but not ripening. I planted these and teh foilage is amazing and its baring fruit of large melons. However today, two of them fell off the vine very easily. One of them had the crackling skin and was half green and yellow. and one of them had crackling skin but mostly green. they both smelt like cucumbers and tastes horrible. Does anyone else have this problem. hopefully i have harvest more in a few weeks and it taste better.
Date published: 2019-08-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Shorted on seed I bought a 30 seed package & only received 26 seed in it. 30 seed is barely enough for my garden but 26 is not enough. The melons are delicious & grow well here in California
Date published: 2019-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Melon I've been growing Ambrosia for years and it is the only cantaloupe that I will grow. The skin is thinner than grocery store melons and the flesh is as sweet as honey. Even here in Central Texas these melons give a bounty of fruit and don't seem to bothered by the heat. I just make sure to keep them watered.
Date published: 2019-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haven't got yours yet-you're running out of time!! Last year was my first year growing ANYTHING, and I learned quite a few things. These along with the serrano peppers and the early midnight hybrid eggplant plants that I purchased were the biggest successes. I've got great soil that needs only nitrogen and some lime to bring up the pH. I threw these in an area of the garden that I hadn't yet worked the soil in. I dug up an 18" square and turned over about 15" of soil. It wasn't the dark rich soil in my garden, but was that typical Oklahoma red clay. I carried on with my plan, threw down some 4' landscape fabric to keep down the weeds and waited to see what happened. I keep these watered well, but never even fertilized them. Planted 2 groups of 4 seedlings about 4 feet apart and a third group of Hale's best cantaloup plants that I bought from a big box store. These outperformed the Hale's best by leaps and bounds once they got going. The vines grew longer than listed - mine grew past the 4' landscape fabric, over the 2' border and about 2' up the side of my fence. Long story short I gave away more than I could eat and I was eating melon almost everyday. The flavor was phenomenal and all I can think about this winter is cutting more up next summer. Next summer I'm planning to take them out of the garden and plant a large patch on the south side of my garage. THE NITTY GRITTY - once these start ripening, they ripen fast. I had a couple that went bad in the garden. I never had to fertilize and the soil was terrible. The production and size are HUGE! I weighed one of the bigger ones and it was nearly 10.25 pounds, yet they are so sweet and delicious. I watered regularly and we had a very wet growing season this year. Even had a few thunderstorms and I lost some of my fence. In the first photo, the larger melon is the Burpee's Ambrosia and the smaller is a Hale's best.
Date published: 2018-12-24
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