Melon, Honey Dew Green

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MELON, Honey Dew, Green –
Cucumis melo var. inodorus

FULL SUN Developed in France in the 1880s and introduced into the US in 1915, this is a warm climate melon suitable for growing zones 6 and higher. The nearly globular, 5-7 lb. fruit have a smooth, hard pale yellow skin when ripe and pale green, exceptionally sweet flesh. Plant in late spring after danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed to a depth of 6 in. Plant in hills, 4 ft. apart. When seedlings are 3 in. high, thin, leaving 4 plants per hill. Well rotted manure or compost dug into the soil where the seeds are to be planted is highly beneficial.

Type Spacing Planting Depth Days to Germination Maturity
Winter Melon 8 in. 1 in. 7-10 105

Melon, Honey Dew Green

Melons are native to the continent of Africa. Many wild forms of melons and watermelons can still be found there today. Though it is not known when melons were first cultivated, it is believed that prehistoric man may have gathered and saved the seeds of the sweetest melons, and this practice lead to cultivation. Seeds and wall paintings found in Egyptian tombs indicate that melons and watermelons were under cultivation in Egypt at least 4000 years ago. Melons were introduced into Asia about 3000 years ago. The melon became immensely popular in the region that includes Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, India, south and central Russia, China and Japan. The Greeks and Romans most likely introduced the melon into Europe. Columbus brought melons to the New World on his second voyage, and by 1494 melons were under cultivation in Haiti. By the 16th century, melons and watermelons were being cultivated through out North and South America.

Winter melons, more correctly known as Inodorus, include the well known casaba, crenshaw and honeydew. These melons are usually quite large with smooth or netted rinds that can be deep green, bright yellow, beige and many shades in between. They come in just about any shape imaginable. The flesh can be green, white, pale yellow or orange and is usually incredibly sweet, but not very fragrant, hence the name Onodorus which means lacking odor. The hard rinds help preserve the freshness of these melons until well into the winter months.

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