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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.

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  • ML458/S
  • 10 seeds
  • $6.95

  • ML458/P
  • 25 seeds
  • $14.55
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Seed DepthSeed SpacingSoil Temp for Germ.Days to Germ.Thin Plants To Approximately 20-40 seeds per gram.
1/2″2-3 per hill70-85°F3-101 per hill


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.

CULTURE: All types of melons can be direct sown in warmer regions, but will yield a much better crop if started indoors about 3 weeks prior to your last frost. We recommend planting in raised beds covered with green, silver, or black plastic mulch. This method produces better yields.
FOR TRANSPLANTS: Fill 3-4 inch, individual pots with sterile seedling mix. Plant 2-3 seeds per pot. Thin the pots to the best single plant after the seedlings are well established. Grow the seedlings under dry, warm conditions until they develop at least 1 true leaf. Transfer to cold frame if you have one. Fertilize seedlings with a fertilizer such as Age Old Grow 12-6-6 (ZFE255). Transplant into the garden just before the plants become root bound and when the soil temperature is at least 60°F. Space transplants 3-4 feet apart in rows 5-6 feet apart. Apply 1/2 cup of our complete fertilizer dug in well around each plant.
TO DIRECT SOW: Soil temperature must be above 70°F for decent germination. Like most vine crops, melon and watermelon seeds require even moisture levels to prevent rotting. The soil should be moist to the touch. Space and fertilize as you would transplants. Watermelon seeds are less tolerant of cool conditions than melons. They are best adapted to the warmer, longer season areas of the US. In more difficult climates, the use of plastic mulch is highly recommended. Plastic mulches increase the soil temperature and air temperature close to the plants during the day, and using a floating row cover like Reemay or Gro-Therm can also increase your success. Monitor the temperature under the row covers on hot days especially early in the season.
DISEASES: Select disease-resistant melon varieties, as bacterial wilt and powdery mildew are common problems. Watermelons are subject to fungal and viral diseases and several wilts. Most can be controlled with good soil management, proper rotation, garden sanitation, and by not using overhead watering methods.
INSECTS/PESTS: Control insects, especially cucumber beetles, with Pyrethrin or a floating row cover.
HARVEST: Cantaloupe will easily slip from the vine when ripe. With other melons, check the leaf where the fruit is attached to the vine. The 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 the vine. Pick in the cool of the day and chill quickly. Store melons at 35°F and 95% relative humidity. Store watermelons at 45°F and 85% relative humidity.
SEED SPECS: Minimum germination standard: 80%. Usual seed life: 3 years. Days to maturity: from date of transplanting. Add 10-15 days if direct seeding.

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.