PLEASE NOTE: Since plants are often sourced from the garden to order, sizes do vary a little, depending on how they come out of the ground, but I always endeavour to give a little more rather than less! They are sometimes shipped bare-rooted, but will approximate the size specified (e.g. a 9cm pot).

Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis 'Hearts of Gold'
Cantaloupe or Musk Melon 'Hearts of Gold'
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Type/Hardiness Annual, Vegetable, Fruit, Climber, Half hardy
Flowering period Summer
Height
Light preference Sun
Soil preference Moist, free-draining
Sowing time/depth Late spring, 0.5in/1cm
An heirloom variety, dating back to 1895, which has stood the test of time and is very suitable for growing in the UK. The fruits are ribbed, dark-green with heavy white netting and the deep-orange flesh is very sweet and fragrant.
Sowing and/or growing instructions
Sow late spring in moist seed compost, covering with 0.5in/1cm compost or vermiculite. Keep moist but not waterlogged and provide 20C to aid germination, which usually takes 7-10 days. Transplant seedlings into 10cm pots and grow on until large enough to pot on into larger containers or growbags (2 plants to a bag) or direct into the greenhouse border. Pinch out the tip of growth after 4 true leaves are produced, then train 4 lateral branches to the 6 leaf stage before again pinching out. Provide support for the plants to climb. Pollinate if necessary, by transferring pollen from the male flowers to the female blooms (which have a bump beneath the bloom). Feed as for tomatoes.
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