Cantaloupe - Hale's Best Jumbo
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- Category: Melon
- Type: Cantaloupe
- Variety: Hale’s Best Jumbo
- Family: Cucurbits
- Botanical Name: Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis
- Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9
- Growing Difficulty: 5
- Soil PH: 6.0 to 7.0
- Fertilizer Requirements: 10-10-10
- Soil Type: Rich, Moist, Well-Draining
- Germination (days): 5 to 10
- Soil Temp for Germination: 60-80°F
- Lighting Conditions: Full Sun
- Days to Maturity: 70 – 75
- Planting Depth: 1”
- Distance Apart (in row): 24"
- Row Spacing: 48-72"
DIRECT SOW 1-2 WEEKS AFTER DANGER OF LAST FROST
2-4 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST IN BIO-DEGRADABLE POTS
Hale's Best Jumbo Cantaloupe is a favorite of most gardeners. If you are planting directly in the garden, wait at least a week or two after last frost.
Hill planting works best, you can place up to 6 seeds per hill and thin to the best 3 plants per hill after they get established. If starting indoors, these melons will need to be started in peat pots as they do not transplant well.
Use mulch around the plants once transplanted or once seedlings sprout in the garden. This keeps the soil moist, warm and helps to suppress weed growth.
Commonly served cut or balled, great on a hot summer day.
Wait until the harvest date approaches, your cantaloupe should turn a yellowish orange color. Check the end where the stem attaches to see if it is just slightly soft (if so, it's ready for harvest).
When the melons are ripe and ready to pick, they should come off the stem quite easily. Melons will need harvested daily once they begin to ripen. Make sure to refrigerate the melons immediately after harvesting.
Harvest your seeds from the best performing melons. Wash the seeds off and allow to dry in a paper bag for a few weeks. Once completely dried, safely store your seeds in a cool dry place for use next season.