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Halona Melon (F1 Hybrid 74 Days)

Although it is from a Colorado grower, Halona is thought of as an “Eastern Type” cantaloupe. This means that it does well in cooler weather and shorter growing seasons. The heavily netted fruit can grow to 4-5 lbs. with good yields andintermediatedisease resistanceto powdery mildew and fusarium wilt. Thick fleshed with a small seed cavity, Halona is a sweet treat to eat, the result of a very high brix rating. 

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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    08/31/2017
    Joyce

    Fainlly, a real taste of the South in the Northeast

    I am a Southern ex-pat in New England who hasn't eaten a decent melon since I left Virginia in 1988. Dear hubby grew these in his greenhouse. Folks, it's a REAL melon--unbelievably sweet and juicy, and, one uncut fruit will perfume an entire room. It doesn't taste exactly like a classic cantaloupe, but it's an intense muskmelon. (Hubby didn't even know melons could taste like this!) We cannot recommend highly enough.