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Alvaro Melon

Alvaro Melon

ML458

65 days. A French Charentais type of melon, Alvaro packs a delectable, true cantaloupe flavor and was one of the earliest melons to mature in our trials. Averaging about 5 inches in diameter, these little delicacies ripen to an attractive yellowish-tan, smooth skin with green striping. Open the rind to find a generous layer of salmony-orange flesh. Healthy plants set about 5-6 fruit each.

   Hybrid Variety
  • ML458/S
  • 10 seeds
  • $6.95

  • ML458/P
  • 25 seeds
  • $14.55
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Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthSoil Temp. for Trans.Plant SpacingRow SpacingMin. Germ.Seed LifeSeeds per gramFertilizer Needs
70-85°F3-101/2"60°F3-4'5-6'80%3 years≈ 20-40High


Melons: Cucumis melo
Watermelons: Citrullus lanatus
The sweet succulence of summer-ripe melons is irresistibly tempting, but the health benefits of these luscious fruits shouldn't be overlooked. Look to red-fleshed melons to fortify the heart and urinary tract. Yellow and orange flesh types provide support to the immune system, heart and vision. Green-fleshed varieties promote strong bones and teeth as well as vision health. We've selected varieties that are successful in both southern and northern gardens.

Days to maturity are calculated from transplant date. Add 10-15 days if direct seeding.

Culture
• Melons and watermelons perform best in fertile, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0
• Apply 1 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer and a shovelful of compost to each plant
• Watermelons are less tolerant of cool conditions than melons — the use of plastic mulch or floating row cover is highly recommended
• Monitor the temperature under the row covers on hot days, especially early in the season
• Remove covers prior to flowering for pollination

Direct Sowing
• Soil temperature is critical for good germination and only recommended in warmer climates

Transplanting
• Start indoors in 4 inch pots, 3-4 weeks before anticipated transplant date
• Grow the seedlings under dry, warm conditions
• Avoid letting starts get root bound; transplant carefully as to not disturb roots
• Fertilize seedlings with a balanced liquid fertilizer, such as Age Old Grow

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Cucumber beetles
Insect control: Pyrethrin or Azatrol and row covers
Common diseases: Bacterial wilt and powdery mildew
Disease control:Greencure® or Zonix™
Disease prevention: 3-4 year crop rotation, avoid overhead watering

Harvest & Storage
• Cantaloupe will easily slip from vine when ripe
• With other melons, check the leaf where fruit is attached to the vine — fruit is mature when this leaf begins to yellow
• Watermelons are ready for harvest when the tendril closest to the fruit is dry and brown or when the bottom side of the fruit is yellow
• Melons and watermelons will not ripen off vine
• Pick in the cool of the day and chill quickly
• Melons: store at 40°F and 95% relative humidity
• Watermelons: store at 50-60°F and 85% relative humidity

KEY TO MELON DISEASE RESISTANCE AND TOLERANCE
A | Anthracnose
AB | Early (Alternaria) Blight
F* | Fusarium Wilt
PM* | Powdery Mildew
*Numbers indicate specific disease race.
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So happy!
May 1, 2016  |  By judy spreadborough
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I planted this melon last year and was so happy with the plants. In Oregon, it is not easy to grow melons but these germinated well and I had fruit ripe in August. I have planted more this spring and they have sprouted. I have no greenhouse so this is amazing.
Tasty Treat
Jan 9, 2016  |  By Dee Sieffert
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I started the seeds in cow pots and they germinated well. Then i transplanted them into individual medium to large containers. It took all of summer to set fruit and ripen, but they eventually did. My plants only yielded 1-2 fruits and they were quite small, but oh!!! what melt-in-in your mouth sweet , deep delicious flesh all the way to the rind. The most decadent I've tasted in a cantaloupe. I never have been a good melon grower and almost gave up, but these babies make me want to amend my techniques (I probably need to enrich my soil more with more compost and feed them with fish emulsion, or something. ) So, that's my plan for this summer because these are such a delicious melon.
Great for short season
Oct 1, 2015  |  By dorothy duff
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We have tried many early melons butin the mountians of New mexico we can get surprise freezes so set out plants late and protect in early fall. This is the only early melon that has worked for us so we will grow again next year
Great for our location
Sep 5, 2012  |  By Nancy
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We're just now harvesting these in Bellevue, WA. Despite a cool spring and early summer, and the need to cover with a cloche the last few nights, they are coming on well. I don't think our nights were warm enough to put them outside until early July. The fragrance of them ripening on the vine is wonderful. This variety is more prolific than the previous early cantaloupe we grew the last few years, Fastbreak -no longer in the TSC catalog. These are a smaller size, with a smoother skin, and a subtle color when ripe. Good flavor, 1 or two person eating size. The vine is fading now. If we were in a warmer location, I think we would have gotten a few more, but we ended up with about 10 melons on three vines. This is about twice as many as Fastbreak. These seem to ripen somewhat suddenly, and they are a squirrel magnet -as are our tomatoes, eggplants, and apples. We've had to individually cover them with 1/2 inch hardware cloth to keep them to ourselves.