|Sweet and juicy for breakfast or dessert, these melons are rich in vitamins A and C. Native to tropical Africa, they like long, hot summers where day temperatures reach at least 80º F and night does not fall below 55º F. Casaba and Honeydew melons are close relations with a similar culture. Plant in spring when day temperatures reach 60º F and danger of frost has passed. Sow 2 seeds or transplants, 4 to 6 feet apart, in 4-inch-high, flat-topped hills full of well-rotted manure and compost. Each vine produces 2 to 3 fruits, so 3 to 5 hills are enough for one person. To save space, train on a trellis where plant only needs 1 square foot of ground. Fertilize and water regularly. Keep leaves dry to reduce mildew. Mulch with hay to protect from moisture and rot. In cool summer areas, plant extra-early varieties and mulch with black plastic to raise soil temperature. Harvest when bottom of melon turns deep yellow and the skin turns from shiny or powdery to dull, usually 85 to 100 days. When ready, fruit should separate easily from vine. Honeydews and Casabas can be stored up to a month.
This dwarf plant with abundant harvest is terrific in small gardens. Produces 8 or 9-inch cukes in 63 days. Disease resistant All-America Selections winner.
Attributes - Cucumis 'Fanfare'
Plant Type: Vegetable
Bloom Season: Late Spring through Mid Summer
Flower Color: Yellow
Height: 10 in. to 18 in.
Width: 5 in.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Notes: Thrives in Hot Climates. Edible. Susceptible to Beetles, Black Spot, Caterpillars, Damping-off, Powdery Mildew.
Cucumis melo 'Ambrosia', Cucumis sativus, Cucumis sativus 'Burpless'