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Melon, Whatamelon Hybrid

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Delightfully speckled, golden-yellow melon is juicy-sweet, making for delicious midsummer refreshment.

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Turkey is renowned for outstanding melons, and ‘Whatamelon’ this is! Delightfully speckled, golden-yellow melon is juicy-sweet, making for delicious midsummer refreshment. Attractive 7–8" fruits’ flavor has a watermelon accent, suffusing the enticing, soft, creamy white flesh. Gorgeous Turkish specialty melon grows on vigorous 14–24" plants.
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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.

50-55 days

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

4-6 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.

60 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

14-24 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
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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
50-55 days
Fruit Weight
4-6 pounds
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
60 inches
Height
14-24 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
Thin
4 feet
Life Cycle
Annual
Melon, Whatamelon Hybrid is rated 2.3 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prolific and Tastey Tastes like honeydew. One plant made 5 melons. It was easy to grow and did not require any special care
Date published: 2019-09-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth planting Plants are vigorous and productive. However, they took much longer than advertised to mature (100 days) and where much bigger than advertised (20-25 lb). When picked at the correct time {when dark yellow to orange and the stem is 1/3 brown) they are very juicy and sweet but lacked any distinctive taste..
Date published: 2019-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First time I have planted melons! Just picked my first one! I saw reviews and was worried I wasted my space and time in the garden.. to my surprise, this was absolutely delicious! Super sweet and juicy. Did not taste like cucumber at all. More of a cross between honeydew and cantaloupes with super white soft flesh. Def will plant theses again! Truck when to harvest- wait for it to turn bright hello but keep an eye on the tendril closest to the fruit. Once it turns brown and dead looking cut your melon off! Enjoy! I had to eat mine with a spoon didn’t want to lose any of the juices!
Date published: 2019-09-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed I tried these just because they looked very interesting. Took a while for them to ripen. I've read the reviews so I took a while before picking the first one. The melon wasn't very yellow, but was bigger than the 6" to 8". It was at 13inches and 7 pounds. It wasn't very sweet, kind of bland and the saving grace was a small sprinkling of salt to liven up the flavor. My guests liked it but I wasn't happy with the result. I had 8 plants and had 4 melons. Out of those, 2 were saved and the slugs got the rest. They seemed to love them. Me, Not so much. Won't buy again.
Date published: 2019-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting melon I bought these because it looked different for my small farm market. I didnt really like the first one we tried. It was somewhere between a honeydew and a cucumber. I decided to wait and follow the same ripening guidelines as watermelons of the tendril turning brown and it does taste like a sweet cucumber. I put a plate out so my customers could taste them and now i cant keep them on the shelf and wish I had planted more!
Date published: 2019-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gardner They taste like cucumbers and I would only recommend them if they like cucumbers
Date published: 2019-08-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Cucumber Melon It's a cucumber disguised as a Melon. Not sweet at all. Makes a better cucumber than a melon
Date published: 2019-08-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing...don't plant We were very disappointed in our wasted time, garden space and quality of this melon. It had the texture of a firm honeydew when picked dark yellow/gold and taste of a cucumber. We kept trying to determine the best time to harvest but the melons developed a nice texture or taste. On a positive, they were heavy producers. We will stick to honeydews, cantaloupes & watermelons here in low country GA.
Date published: 2019-08-16
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