Edisto 47 Cantaloupe

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Cucumis melo
Edisto 47 Cantaloupe (86 days)

Package Contains 1 Gram ~32 seeds

Edisto 47 was released in 1964 by Dr. Morris C. Hughes, horticulturist at the Clemson Edisto Experiment Station Blackville, SC.

Edisto 47 is an improvement on the 1957 release of Edisto. It has a much higher resistance to both downy and powdery mildew and same level of resistance to alternaria. 

Well known in the Mid-Alantic region and hot humid areas where its disease resistance excels over other varieties. 

Flesh coloring is a deep rich salmon color having tender but firm flesh. 

High sugar content.

Vines are extremely vigorous with large leaves and rather heavy stems.

Melon size is a bit larger than Hale's Best Jumbo being about 4-5 lbs. 

Excellent keeper and premier farmers market variety.


Seed Planting Depth

Seeds per gram

Germination Temperature

Days to Germination

Row Spacing

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100' Row Yield


1/2" 30-35 65-80 3-10 60-72" 36-48" 75 lb. Full

Cucumis melo

Planting Tips:

Can be direct sown in warmer climates after soil temperatures reach 70, plant 3-4 seeds 1/2” deep in hills 3-4’ apart on rows 5-6’ apart.  Once established, thin to two strongest plants.  For cooler climates we prefer to start in pots in the greenhouse and transplant later when night time temperatures stay above 55 degrees.  Start seedlings 3 weeks before last frost.  Once seedlings are 4” tall and soil temperatures are 70, plant in rich loose soil.

Keep well watered until fruits are tennis ball sized and then water only if absolutely needed.  (We know organic farmers that never water them and grow amazinging melons, but a great deal depends on your soil.)

Remember, you must have a healthy population of pollinators like bees to get a good fruit set.

Seeding Rate:

4,500 plants/acre, aproximately 1/4-1/3 lb.

Heirloom seeds are hardy but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - not letting the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely or overwatering and possibly having them rot.


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