Banana Melon

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SKU166791
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Cucumis melo
Banana Melon (90 days)

1 gram Pkg Size/About 30 seeds

The first time I found Banana Melon mentioned is 1885.  I believe it was around a bit earlier than this, but cannot find actual confirmation.  As to its origins, that is a mystery as well.  In 1889 it was commonly available at farmer's markets in Philadelphia, New York and Boston. 

Banana Melon produces a fruit that is long (18"-20") and shaped sort of like a torpedo.  Not what you would normally think of as a melon shape.  Fruit can weigh in excess of 5lbs. It has blue-grey skin that turns yellow as it matures.  Banana melons are smooth with very little netting. 

Sweet spicy flavor, salmon pink flesh.  Some say it gets its name from the shape and some say it has a banana like flavor. 

Which ever it is this novel melon has been making an impact on peoples palettes for well over a 100 years now!

Good late-maturing type.  Can stand the sun. 

Featured in the book Melons for the Passionate Grower

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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