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( Muskmelon )
|One of the earliest canteloupe varieties in maritime Washington field trials, mature in 68-70 days. An annual warm season crop. Plant 1/2 inch deep, 24 inches apart, outdoors in warm season areas, with lots of room for the vines to sprawl . As transplants they should be started one month before planting out when the soil is warmed up. Maintain temperatures of 70-80F until germination. Soil should be kept moist, and young transplants fed weekly.
When planting out take care to not disturb the roots and add plenty of rich organic matter such as compost to the mound. After blooms have set, prune the vines back to aid remaining fruits to ripen, especially in cool climates. Night time temperatures should be at least 60F for fruit set. When fruits are getting close to ripening, decrease the watering to increase the sweetness the fruit.
Important Info : They can be difficult to grow outside the region in which they were developed. Baking hot, sandy soil, is generally a good bet for improving your crop. It is useful to have a cold frame to get the plants going early.
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