A beautiful Heirloom cantaloupe from Rocky Ford Colorado that dates back to 1881. The melon has netted skin and sweet, pale-green, aromatic fruit. A well known home garden variety. Melons weigh in at 2 - 3 pounds with a gold border in the center. An extremely productive variety! The flavor can't be beat!
Common Name - Rocky Ford
Hardiness Zones - All - During Growing season.
Minimum Temp - 35°F
Shape - Vine
Growth Rate - Fast
Sun Preference - Full Light 6 hours+
Soil Type - Any, Well composted
Soil Moisture - Keep Moist
Growth Period - Spring - Autumn
Foliage Color - Green
Flower Color - Yellow
Fruit Color - Green
Fresh in salads
Planting Depth - 1/4"
Seed Spacing - Sow indoors and plant outside 18" apart
Days to Germinate - 6-12
Row Spacing - 12"
Days to Maturity -75-85 days
Sowing instructions: Sow indoors in flats or small pots and keep warm. Transplant in early spring in a well prepared seed bed. Water well before germination then water as needed. Optimum soil temperature is 55-75 degrees F.
Plant Care: For the biggest yields place plants in raised composted beds. Water regularly.
Harden off- and set out after all danger of frost is past in a nice sunny spot. For the biggest yields place plants in raised composted beds. Water regularly. After harvest cure in the sun for several days
This melon got its start as "Netted Gem" in 1881 but later became known for the place that still today produces this sweet melon
Beginning in 1878 the town of Rocky Ford Colorado began holding its Annual Rocky Ford Watermelon Day, which continues to be a city tradition to this very day
The first Rocky Ford melons had only green flesh until new commercial varieties were developed around 1920
Rocky Ford Cantaloupe Seed Vegetable Seeds
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