Granite State Melon

Granite State Melon

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Granite State Melon (83 days)
 

sustainable seed Sustainably Grown Seed

seed15-18 seeds per .50 gram pkg  VERY short supply of this rare seed.

Early high quality cantaloupe, bred especially for Northern climates, 4 lb melons, lightly netted fruits with deep orange flesh.  Very high sugar content.
 
University of New Hampshire created Granite State Melon.  Here are their notes...

"Under New Hampshire conditions, muskmelons often fail to ripen before frost and frequently those that ripen produce fruits of poor quality. The Granite State muskmelon was developed to provide a melon of good quality. It came from a cross between a Michigan Experiment Station selection of Honey Rock crossed with a selection from a muskmelon grown by the Mennonite farmers of southern Manitoba, Canada.

The object of the experiment was to combine the quality of Honey Rock with the earliness of the Mennonite variety. Selection and self-pollination for a period of six years finally resulted in the Granite State muskmelon, which was introduced in 1946.

The melons are of medium-size with firm, well-netted rinds and thick, bright-orange flesh. The fruit is produced in abundance and in Durham where ordinary varieties are usually flat in taste, the quality of Granite State melons has been excellent. The leaves of this variety are not as quickly destroyed by mildew as most others produced in this area." 

 

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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