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Minnesota Midget Melon Conventional & Organic

Minnesota Midget Melon Conventional & Organic

ML460

65-70 days. This exquisite heirloom produces a bounty of early, and true to its name, mini cantaloupes. Fruit measure 4-6 inches across and have deep orange flesh that is succulent, sweet, and delicious down to the rind. The ultimate melon for short-season areas, and the compact plants are ideal for small space or container gardens. HR: F.

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 20-40 seeds per gram.
  • ML460/S
  • 1/2 gram
  • $2.85

  • ML460/L
  • 1/2 gram Organic
  • $3.25

  • ML460/P
  • 3 grams
  • $4.15

  • ML460/M
  • 3 grams Organic
  • $5.65

  • ML460/B
  • 1/2 oz
  • $9.25

  • ML460/N
  • 1/2 oz Organic
  • $11.95

  • ML460G1
  • 1 oz Organic
  • $16.75

  • ML460G2
  • 1/4 lb Organic
  • $47.00

  • ML460G3
  • 1 lb Organic
  • $127.20
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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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Sweet & Prolific!
Jan 15, 2015  |  By Linda Knight
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These melons are exceptionally sweet & juicy! One vine often produces up to 8 melons. I live in Zone 5, borderline 4, with extreme night and day temperature fluctuations even in the middle of summer. Our nights often dip down to 50F while the days are in the high 90s. I am thrilled that these melons produce so well under those conditions and in our short growing season! I watch carefully for a subtle color change to yellow-orange on just a portion of the melon that tells me when they're ripe. They can over-ripen very quickly if I don't check everyday. I would never want to go a season without growing these!
Individual Size with Great Taste
Dec 30, 2014  |  By Christy
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This is a wonderful cantaloupe variety. The melons have excellent flavor and are slightly larger than a softball. The rind was soft and easy to peel. We will definitely grow these again next year.
Fun to grow - and DELICIOUS!
Sep 13, 2014  |  By Kathy Deasy
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I live at 7000 ft. & have a short growing season. I have to carefully select what I will grow. These melons were plain fun to watch grow - so cute! - just make me smile. All seeds germinated. In a 4'x4' bed we have 25-30 of these delicious, sweet melons we started harvesting the 2nd week of August into the 3rd week of September. Next year I am doubling the space for these Minnesota Midgets!