SAKATA'S SWEET MELON (Cucumis melo) Seeds Non-Gmo, Organic, Heirloom B10

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A favorite Asian variety of Dr. Amy Goldman, author of Melons for the Passionate Grower. These small 3 to 4 inch round melons are very sweet with a high sugar content. Oriental varieties open a whole new dimension to melons as they are amazingly different. Crisp and crunchy­; they have edible skins. Their small size and light, golden rind make them very attractive. This fine Japanese variety was developed by Sakata’s Seed Co., of Yokohama. This is a must for marketing. They are in high demand by melon lovers and command top prices! Rare and colorful.

The Sakatas Sweet is a beautiful and sweet oriental melon that grows no bigger than a softball! With a harvest weight of 10-12 ounces, the gray-green skin ripens yellow-green with a soft green flesh that is highly aromatic. This melon is fun to grow and does well on a trellis. After harvest, Sakatas Sweet can be stored for a few weeks. This variety has been grown in the East for centuries and is now making an appearance in American markets. You can eat both this tasty melon's flesh and skin!

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Days to harvest: 85 Days Sprouts in 7-14 Days Lifecycle: annual (vegetable) Ideal Germination Temperature: 75-85F Seed Depth: 1/2 inch Plant Spacing: 18" Frost Hardy: No Sowing Method: Transplant Plant Scientific Name: Cucumis melo var. reticulatus

100% Non-GMO, Organic, Heirloom, Open Air Pollinated Seeds

Growing Tips: Melons prefer slightly sandy, very rich, well-drained soil. Be careful not to over-water vines, especially as fruit is approaching maturity.

The melon is one of the two main cultivar types in Cucumis melo Inodorus Group. It is characterized by the smooth rind and lack of musky odor. The other main type in the Inodorus Group is the wrinkle-rind casaba melon

Melon has a round to slightly oval shape, It is also the same as Cantaloupe. Typically 15–22 cm (5.9–8.7 in) long. It generally ranges in weight from 1.8 to 3.6 kg (4.0 to 7.9 lb). The flesh is usually pale green in color, while the smooth peel ranges from greenish to yellow. Like most fruit, honeydew has seeds. The inner flesh is eaten, often for dessert, and honeydew is commonly found in supermarkets across the world alongside cantaloupe melons and watermelons. In California, melon is in season from August until October

How to Grow Melons

Melons provide a sweet and colorful addition to summer meals, and they can be grown in the home garden. In addition to the typical cantaloupe and honeydew melons, gardeners can grow other varieties such as banana melons.

Before Planting: A light, well-drained soil with a pH of 7.0 and a southern exposure is ideal. Good soil moisture is important in early stages of growth and during pollination when fruits are setting.

Planting: For direct seeding, sow 1-2 weeks after last frost when soil is warm, above 70°F, 3 seeds every 18″, 1/2″ deep, thinning to 1 plant/spot. Space rows 6′ apart. For transplanting, sow indoors in 3 weeks before last frost and transplanting outside. Plant 2-3 seeds per or pot, about 1/4″ deep. Keep temperature 80-90°F until germination. Handle young plants carefully and never let the soil dry out. Grow seedlings at 75°F. Reduce water and temperature for a week to harden seedlings. When the weather is frost-free, warm, and settled, transplant 2-3′ apart in rows 6′ apart or thin to 1 plant/pot or cell with scissors and transplant 18″ apart. Even hardened melon seedlings are tender. Do not disturb roots when transplanting, and water thoroughly.

Watering: Melons need a steady supply of water, and soil needs to be damped but not flooded, approximately 1 inch a week.

Fertilizer: Prior to planting, mix aged manure and compost into the soil. Melons are heavy feeders, so fertilize at planting and throughout the growing season with a 5-5-5 or 10-10-10 granular fertilizer. Do not let the granules come in contact with the plant.

Days to Maturity: A ripe melon should be very easy to remove from the vine. For a cantaloupe, the netting pattern on the melon becomes more visible and a crack appears at the base of the stem when it was ripe. For a honeydew, the color becomes creamy. Most melon varieties are ready for harvest when the gray-green color begins to change to pale yellow and when a light tug separates the fruit from the vine. Some melon types, like honeydew, Charentais, canary, Spanish, and Crenshaw are overripe by the time the stem can be tugged from the fruit. (See each variety for days to maturity)

Harvesting: Melons must be cut from the vine. All melons should be stored at 90% relative humidity. Store ripe melons at 40-45°F for 7-14 days.

Tips: Cut off watering 1 week before harvest. This will give a more flavorful, concentrated melon. Over watering before harvest can cause bland taste.

Melon can be enjoyed by itself or added to many different dishes, including salad, salsa, soup or dessert. The key is choosing a ripe melon while it’s in season. Honeydew melon can be added to a wide variety of dishes, including:

Salads: Slice some honeydew into bite-sized pieces and add it to your favorite salad. Desserts: Puree the melon and use it as a base for popsicles or ice cream. Breakfast: Serve sliced melon alongside cottage cheese or blend it into a smoothie. Soups: Serve honeydew as the base of a chilled soup with peppers, mint and cucumber. Appetizers: Wrap slices of melon with cured meats or add it to a spicy salsa.

Honeydew is full of vitamins, minerals and other health-promoting plant compounds. Eating this type of melon could have several health benefits, mainly due to its rich nutrient content.

10 Surprising Benefits of Melon 1. Rich in Nutrients 2. May Help Reduce Blood Pressure 3. Contains Nutrients Vital to Bone Health 4. May Improve Blood Sugar Control 5. Rich in Electrolytes and Water 6. May Support Healthy Skin 7. May Boost Your Immune System 8. May Promote Proper Digestion 9. May Support Vision and Eye Health 10. Easy to Add to Your Diet

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