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Athena Melon (F1 Hybrid, 75 Days)

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Early yields of uniform, high quality 5-6 lb fruits. Firm salmon colored flesh has a fruity aroma and small seed cavity with a good shelf life after harvest. Good disease resistance for powdery mildew and fusarium wilt.
20 seeds

 

PLANTING

Cucumis melo

Germination: 4-10 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-85ºF

Seed Sowing Depth: 1/2" deep

Sowing Indoors: 3-4 weeks before last frost. Provide 70-85ºF soil temperature. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot. Sowing into individual biodegradable peat/cow pots reduces root damage when transplanting. Transplant after last frost, 36" apart.

Sowing Outdoors:  Sow after last frost when soil temperature is over 70ºF. Sow 2-3 seeds every 36", thin to the strongest seedling. 

How much does a packet plant: 18-20 foot single row, 5-6 hills

Harvest: Look for the following signs as it does take some practice on telling when they are ready to harvest. The skin tone changes and netting becomes heavy, the ends soften, they will slip from the vines or a gentle tug will pull it away from the vine, a crack develops around the stem, the closet tendril to the stem dries, and the aroma increases when ripe.

Tips:  Plant in fertile soil, amended with compost or well rotted manure and keep well watered. They benefit from growing on black plastic and by using row covers for weed, insect control, and more rapid growth. 

 

 

 

 

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    DB
    01/25/2018
    DON B.
    United States

    This is a wonderful melon and is large and great tasting. I have been raising Hale's Best for the last several years. The problem is, it is hard to tell when they are ripe. Frequently when they look ripe, they are also rotten. If you don't pick them when they appear a little green, you will not get any to eat. The Athena holds fantastic. I have not had one single rotten melon. This is my melon of choice.

    Could not be better! Thank you.