Crane Melon Seed

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Cucumis melo
Crane Melon Seed ( 80 days)

    Sustainably Grown
 
Approximately 25 heirloom melon seeds

Crane Melons are a local Sonoma County favorite! 

We are proud to buy our Crane melon seed directly from the Crane family so you know you are getting the real thing. (Update 2011:  It appears the Crane Melon Barn is no longer open for biz...very sad.  This will be the last of the true Crane melon seed from the family that we have.)

In fact Cindy Crane says "we are the only heirloom seed company to do so".

We just have to fight all their local customers for those tasty Crane Melons. 

Good thing we are close.  Heck, we are neighbors.  The Crane family farm is only 10 minutes down the road from ours. 


The Slow Food Ark of taste says about Crane Melon seeds...
"Richard Hope Crane arrived in California from Missouri for the Gold Rush in 1849. He had been a farmer his whole life, like all of his forefathers. He mined gold for several years before arriving in Sonoma County in 1852. Oliver Crane, the son of Richard H. Crane, developed the Crane Melon in the early 1900s by crossing several varieties of melons, including a Japanese melon, a white melon, a Persian melon and an ambrosia melon among others. The Crane melon averages 4-7 pounds, is round like a soccer ball, and has a light orange flesh that is highly aromatic. The fruit is exceptionally sweet and juicy. As Jennifer Crane—the sixth generation to own and operate the Crane Ranch and grow the Crane melon-- explains, “The Crane melon’s flavor is due to its terroir. The melon was developed to be grown on the land that’s been in the Crane family for nearly 160 years --in a particular soil, within a specific climate zone, farmed in a certain style.”

Featured in the book Melons for the Passionate Grower

Chow.com says about Crane Melon seeds...
"It has a soft, buttery orange-flesh, very aromatic but not the musky aroma of cantaloupe. Very concentrated flavor with more complexity and not just sweetness, sort of like a cross between a cantalope and sharlyn. There are lots of flavor nuances, even a little banana.  They refrigerate nicely without losing flavor."
 

Seed Planting Depth

Seeds per gram

Germination Temperature

Days to Germination

Row Spacing

Plant Spacing

100' Row Yield

Sun

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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