For best performance, plant melons in hot, sunny locations with fertile, well drained soils. It is a challenge to grow melons in Minnesota. Melons demand special care but reward gardeners with juicy, sweet fruit.
Variety Information: 4" round fruits with fine, dense netting and golden-yellow flesh, high sugar content, edible to the rind. When to Start Inside: Recommended for short-season areas. Sow into biodegradable pots that can be directly planted in the ground; roots are sensitive to disturbance.
Sowing: Melons must not be planted until the soil temperature has warmed to degrees F, since they thrive in heat. Start the plants indoors only weeks before transplanting, since if the plants grow too large they have difficulty adjusting to the change. Thin to the strongest plant in each pot by cutting off the others.
These super-sweet, softball-size muskmelons grow on unusual three- to four-foot vines. Each plant will produce six to eight melons, each perfect as a treat for one or two people. This short-season grower days to maturity: 60 to 70 is a good choice for gardens in cooler climates, but it will thrive in almost any climate. The Minnesota moniker simply refers to where it was bred and introduced.
The Minnesota Midget is a great little melon for short growing seasons or container gardens! This variety produces an abundance of early ripening mini single serving melons that measure to be inches across. This little melon has a deep orange flesh that is succulent, sweet, and delicious down to the rind!
Cantaloupes —or muskmelons—are a delicious, heat-loving fruit with a relatively long growing season, making them especially well-suited for southern gardeners. True cantaloupe has a rough, warty rind and is not widely grown or commercially available in the US. The names muskmelon and cantaloupe are used interchangeably.
This exquisite heirloom produces a bounty of early, and true to its name, mini cantaloupes. Fruit measure 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.
I got about 20 melons ranging in size from a small orange to a large grapefruit. They tasted like a cantaloupe without the sweetness so I didn't really care for them. They also didn't really seem to have much meat on them.
Has an excellent sweet flavor. Sow seeds every 36", thin to the strongest seedling. The skin tone changes and netting becomes heavy, the ends soften, they will slip from the vines or a gentle tug will pull it away from the vine, a crack develops around the stem, the closet tendril to the stem dries, and the aroma increases when ripe.