Every seed came up, they're about 3' tall with a sturdy stem. Waiting until mid March to put out in the southern (Ga) garden. Will be licking my lips watching them flower and fruit. I like these as an addition to a traditional red tomato salad.
I had 40 mph winds my greenhouse fell over and was so surprised the seeds survived two days in the cold under soil and are still growing. The roots were in tact so i transplanted them, they are doing just fine. 10 stars
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Bidwell Casaba Melon
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 known 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.
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.
We grew the Bidwell Casaba from a start purchased at In Season Nursery in Stockton. It did very, very well for us. When we share, many people think they are eating cantaloup. We had nine melons from only one plant. We will grow this melon every year from now on. And we are saving the seed.
The wrong seed was put into my bulk pack of Bidwells Casaba Melon. They turned out to be "Golden Beauty" Casaba. These didn't compare with the Bidwells superior flavor
The only drawback is these are HUGE,! Have friends who like melons if you grow here. Super flavor, a lot like Crenshaw.