Bidwell melon

Bidwell Casaba Melon

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Bidwell Casaba Melon (95 days)


This melon originated just a few minutes away from us here in Chico, CA.  Bidwell is named after John Bidwell, who was a general in the Civil War and struck it rich in the California Gold Rush.  Bidwell later founded the town of Chico, where he planted the original seed stock from the Department of Agriculture on his estate.  After many years of selection the Bidwell Casaba was born. Bidwell was also know for his wheat production and gold medal winning flour which he ground at his on site mill.  He is credited for California's first commercial raisin crop.

Bidwell Casaba produces a huge football shaped melon late in the season when it is hot.

The flesh is creamy, sugary and compared to orange sherbet by many. 

Fruits can reach 15#s, are deep grooved and have yellow skin. 

Very aromatic.  

If it were not for seed savers Zea Sonnabend, Clara and Lowell Stringfellow (now in their 80s), Bidwell Casaba would not have survived to the present day. 

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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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