Sow in groups of 3 seeds with 1 to 1.5 metres between groups or in a continuous row with 30 to 45 cm between each plant.Plenty of food and water is essential. Cantaloupes must be left to ripen on vine until the stem comes away at the slightest touch. Harvest Watermelons when the fruit surface becomes uneven when rubbed lightly with the palm. Additionally, the spot where the fruit lays on the ground changes from white to a cream colour. Sow in mid to late spring (cold): spring and early summer (temp): July to February (trop). Best not transplanted.
Soil temperature must be at least 20 deg.C. at sowing. Do not sow more than 2 cm. deep.
CANTALOUPE and ROCKMELON (Cucumis melo).
A high quality melon with firm orange flesh and fine flavour. Resists Powdery mildew.
Delicious melons with large fruit and thick green flesh, but as they are slow growing, are only suitable for warm and hot areas.
A Cantaloupe of our own breeding that reliably matures in cooler areas. Fruit are small to medium size, very sweet and reliable. Best sown late October/early November in cool districts. Packets only.
WATERMELON Citrullus lanatus).
Combines top quality with resistance to Anthracnose and Fusarium wilt. The sweet flesh is thick, the fruit long and weighs 8-12 kg.
Elongated blocky fruit, typically 9 kg. Resistance to Fusarium Wilt and Anthracnose. Good colour and taste.
Sweet round seedless fruit with dark skin. Intensely red flesh with excellent sweet flavour. Fruit typically 10kg with crisp dark red flesh. We include Kruger as a pollinator. Note: The pollinator produces an elongated fruit with seeds.
An old cultivar with unique yellow “moon and stars” markings on the dark green skin. The elongated fruit typically weighs 10 kg. Attractive. Packets only.
The best of the small watermelons. Ripens well in cooler districts but also suits the warmer areas. Flesh medium red and finely textured. Has dark green, thin hard rind. Weighs 3-4 kg.
PRESERVING MELON: (Citrullus lanatus citroides).
Jam Recipes included!
An old favourite widely used for jam and pies. Does well even in cooler climates. Looks like a round watermelon.