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Sweet melon seeds

Melon Seeds

Reward yourself by growing sweet, juicy melons. Gurney’s carries a wide selection of honeydew, watermelon, and cantaloupe varieties that are great to grow and share with family and friends. Melon seeds can be direct sown into raised planting hills or started indoors and transplanted to the garden. With plenty of sun and lots of space, watch your melons thrive from seed to sprout to harvest!

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Melon Seeds from Gurney’s

Sweet and juicy melons are a summertime treat. At Gurney’s, we’ve supplied gardeners with quality products for over 150 years. We grow a lot of cantaloupe, muskmelon, watermelon and other melons in our test gardens and note the best in yields, disease resistance, flavor and other factors. Our melon seeds for sale represent the best melon varieties for home gardeners, including growers in the North and South.

Choosing the Right Melons

Home gardeners have lots of choices when selecting melon seed to grow. Here are some factors to consider when choosing the right melon.

  • Because melons are a warm-season crop, northern gardeners with shorter growing seasons should choose early-maturing varieties. Muskmelon usually mature more quickly than watermelons.
  • Melon vines take up a lot of space. If space is an issue, more compact melon varieties may be an option.
  • Melons come in all sizes. Personal-sized watermelons and cantaloupe are quite popular among home gardeners. However, if you want to feed a crowd, melons that produce larger fruits may be a good choice.
  • If melon diseases are a problem in your area, then consider more disease resistant varieties.
  • Taste and seeds. Choose melons with the flavor and texture you like. Also, when growing watermelons, you can choose between seeded and seedless varieties.

Getting Started With Melon Seeds

Melons are warm-season plants that like plenty of sunshine (at least 8 hours of direct sunlight daily) and well-drained soil. Here’s how you grow melons.

When to Plant Melons

Melon seed can be directly sown in the garden soil or started indoors. Sow melon seed into the ground about a week before the last spring frost date. The soil temperature should be at least 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Start melon seeds indoors about three weeks before the last spring frost date. Wait to transplant melons until danger of spring frost has passed.

How to Plant Melon Seeds

Melons are often planted in hills spaced about 6-8ft. apart. Each hill usually has 2-3 plants. Follow seed packet instructions for specific planting depth and spacing of plants. It varies with the variety. After planting melon seeds, water thoroughly.

Where to Plant Melons

Melons are vine crops that take up a lot of space in the garden. Smaller sized cantaloupe can be grown on a trellis. When planting melons, make sure to allocate enough space for them. Because melons are pollinated by bees, avoid using pesticides, especially when the vines are flowering.

How Long Does it Take Melons to Grow?

Most melons take 80-100 days to reach maturity. Usually muskmelons mature earlier than watermelons.

How to Harvest Melons

Melons do not ripen all at once. Watermelon are ready for harvest when the tendril at the stem becomes brown and dry; the fruit color looks duller; and the side of the melon in contact with the soil starts to yellow. Muskmelons are ripe when the stem separates easily from the vine.

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Sakatas Sweet, Melon Seeds

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!

Product Details

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Cucumis melo

Seed

Trellis Garden

35

Seeds Per Pound

16000

6′

30 seeds

1/2″

Seeds Per Ounce

1000

Heirloom,Open-pollinated

Full

FRENCH MELONS (CHARENTAIS)

10-12 oz.

Annual

Direct Sow

18″

Melon

3,4,5,6,7,8,9

5,6,7,8,9,10

Days To Maturity (# Days)

80

Components

Growing Instructions

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.

AVG. Direct Seeding Rate: 30 seeds/10′, 100 seeds/50′ 1M/500′, 15M/acre at 3 seeds every 18″ in rows 6′ apart.

Shipping Schedule

Our Seed Promise

“Agriculture and seeds” provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants.

The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economic, political, and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing is necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, to genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems, and ultimately to healthy people and communities.

Rich Sweetness, Melon Seeds

The Rich Sweetness is a very petite little melon that typically stays the size of a baseball! These little melons usually do not exceed a quarter pound. The inner flesh is a smooth creamy white and is very juicy! These melons live up to their name and are very aromatic. Rich Sweetness’ flavor is reminiscent of honeydew and cantaloupe.

Select Size: Packet $4.00 selected 250 Seeds $9.00 1,000 Seeds $18.00 5,000 Seeds $55.00 10,000 Seeds $85.00

Product Details

0.0019

Cucumis melo ‘Rich Sweetness’

Seed

Heat Tolerant Vegetables

57

Seeds Per Pound

25400

6′

50 seeds

1/2″

Seeds Per Ounce

1585

Heirloom,Open-pollinated

Full

CANTALOUPE (MUSKMELON)

4 oz.

Container,Heat Tolerant

Annual

Direct Sow

18″

Melon

3,4,5,6,7,8,9

5,6,7,8,9,10

Days To Maturity (# Days)

80

Components

Growing Instructions

Shipping Schedule

Our Seed Promise

“Agriculture and seeds” provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants.

The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economic, political, and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing is necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, to genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems, and ultimately to healthy people and communities.