Exotic Rare Early Valencia Honeydew Melon (Cucumis melo) Seeds Non-GMO, Organic, Heirloom B10

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Sprouts in 7-14 Days Ideal Temperature: 75-90 Degrees F Seed Depth: 1/2 inch Plant Spacing: 18" Frost Hardy: No Cucumis melo 100% Non-GMO, Organic, Heirloom, Open Pollinated Seeds 100-110 days to harvest Climate Zone: All zones

Early Valencia Honeydew Melon Seeds. AKA: Valencia Winter Honeydew. Cucumis Melo. 100-110 Days to Maturity. Non-GMO, Heirloom. A dark green-skinned melon with sweet pale flesh. Harvest before the first frost. This melon stores extremely well in cool temperatures where flavor and sweetness increase over time. Know to store well into mid-January. Direct sow an inch deep in spring well after the last frost and space plants about 4 feet apart. An heirloom with a long history. This variety can be found in American seed catalogs dating back almost 200 years.

A mild, sweet, juicy honeydew with pale green flesh and very dark green, slightly ribbed rind. First listed in American catalogs in the 1830s, but may go back further than that. Harvested in mid-October and stored at room temperature, it keeps extraordinarily well, easily into January

The Valencia Melon is also known as the winter melon because you can pick it in the fall and bring it inside; by January, you can have a fresh melon. This Heirloom melon dates back to the early 1800s and originally comes from the Spain area. The outer rind is a darker green and the flesh is a lighter green. Sort of an oval shape, you will average a 3 to 4 pounder. This is a good melon choice for the northern tier of the country because you can ripen indoors.

Sowing: Melons must not be planted until the soil temperature has warmed to 70-80 degrees F since they thrive in the heat. Start the plants indoors only 2-4 weeks before transplanting, since if the plants grow too large they have difficulty adjusting to the change. Sow several Iroquois melon seeds 1/2" deep in each peat pot, and keep them at 75 degrees until they germinate. Thin to the strongest plant in each pot by cutting off the others. Gradually accustom the plants to outdoor temperatures by setting them outside during the day, then transplant them to hills 4-6' apart with 2-3 plants to a hill. For companion planting benefits, plant melons near corn but not potatoes.

Growing: In cooler climates, melons may benefit from black plastic to warm the soil; mulch also helps to conserve necessary moisture, control weeds, and keep the melons clean. Adequate moisture is particularly crucial as the vines begin to develop. After midsummer, pinch off blossoms and smaller fruits in order to direct the full energy to the larger fruits; the smaller fruits will not have time to ripen before frost and are no great loss. Iroquois melons are fairly resistant to fusarium wilt.

Harvesting: As the melon ripens, it will turn golden and become very fragrant; the stem should come off easily, and the blossom end should be slightly soft. The melon will keep for several weeks in a cool place. Iroquois melons store well for fall and winter use.

Seed Saving: When saving seed from melons, keep in mind that they will cross-pollinate with other varieties of melon but not with watermelon, cucumbers, or squash. Iroquois melon seeds mature when the fruit is ripe; cut open the fruit and put the pulp that contains the seeds into a bowl. Work it with your fingers to separate the seeds from the pulpy fibers. Add enough water so that the pulp and the hollow seeds will float; remove the floating material, and the good seeds will remain at the bottom of the bowl. Rinse them well, then spread them out to dry completely. Store Iroquois melon seeds in a cool, dry place for up to five years.

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