Sweet and juicy, all year we look forward to the melt-in-your-mouth and marvelously aromatic flesh of Organic PMR Delicious 51 Cantaloupe. We savor her every day in August and try to tuck some in the freezer for winter coconut-cantaloupe smoothies and sorbet. Developed at Cornell and introduced in 1951, Dr. Henry Munger knew early maturity and disease resistance were crucial to growing melons here in the Northeast. Indeed, years later it is Powdery Mildew resistance (PMR) that makes our consistent high yields season after season.
Planting Method: Direct Sow Only
When to sow: Sow 1–2 weeks after last frost when soil is above 70°F
Sowing and seedling care: Sow 3 seeds every 3-4 feet. Thin to 1 plant/group. Protect from Cucumber Beetles & increase heat with floating row cover and hoops until flowering for extra and early harvest. Ample water during pollination & fruit set essential.
Seed Depth: 1 inch Sun Needs: Full
Days to Germination: 4-8
Spacing after thinning: 3-4 feet
Days to Harvest: 75 days to fruit
Height: 6-foot+ vines
Harvest: If the tendril on the stem opposite the fruit is brown and dry, you likely have a ripe melon. Rind on the ground softening and rich melon scent is also a hint, especially on the blossom end. Split melon? Eat it right away!