Melons come in many types, colors, shapes and sizes and some have a sweet, juicy flesh. Find melon seed varieties like cantaloupe, muskmelon, honeydew, Western, and specialty.
Melons come in many types, colors, shapes and sizes and some have a sweet, juicy flesh. Find melon seed varieties like cantaloupe, muskmelon, honeydew, Western, and specialty. Whether you grow cantaloupe, honeydew or a variety of specialty melons from seed, this delicious fruit is a top performer both in the fields and home gardens.
Growing Tips: In short season areas, sow seed into peat pots indoors at 80°F. soil temperature 2-3 weeks before transplanting outdoors. Protect young plants from frost or damaging winds using row covers. Melons are ripe when fruit easily separates from vine. For those that have limited space, try experimenting growing melons on a sturdy trellis. When melons appear to be about half grown, insert each melon into some sort of cradle (old stocking) and tie the cradle securely to the trellis. This will help support the weight of the melon on the vine as it gets heavier. Note: All melons are insect pollinated. Do not use insect sprays during flowering.
Melons are a staple fruit in grocery chains, farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and backyard gardens. We offer the biggest selection of melon varieties that include muskmelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, and specialty melons. Untreated melon seed varieties are listed.
Fresh Market Grower Tips:
Growing high quality melons for roadside or farmers’ market sales is not difficult and it is a great way to generate mid to late summer sales. The muskmelon is the preferred type of melon to grow in the East, as cantaloupe is for the West, but growing some of the more specialty types like Tuscan, Charentais, Canary and Honeydew is a great way to generate some impulse sales with your customers. Specialty melons should be a part of all farmers’ markets, as they have some totally unique eating qualities, and they are growing in popularity. The aroma of fresh melons at a market will be pleasing to your customers’ senses and is sure to pay off in additional sales.
In short season areas of the country, seed into Jiffy Pots in greenhouses at 75-80° F. soil temp., 3-4 weeks before transplanting into the field. Direct seed to the field south of U.S.D.A. hardiness zone 6 at least 2 weeks after average last frost date. In either case, protect young plants from frost or damaging winds in the field. Since they prefer warm temperatures, row covers or plastic tunnels can serve both purposes. All plantings benefit from plastic mulch to maintain soil temperature, retain moisture and control weeds in the row. Sandy loam soils at pH 6.0-6.8 are preferred for melons. These are insect pollinated crops; yields are enhanced by adding beehives.
Maturity dates are from transplant and are to be used as a comparison guide only.
Untreated melon seed varieties are listed.
Average Seed Count: 30 per packet; 1000/Oz.
Looking for seeds for cantaloupe, muskmelon, honeydew, galia, western or charentais? Find these varieties at Harris Seeds.
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Deseeding melons has to be one of the best jobs for us. Why? Well, because you get lots and lots of melon to eat!
We are always searching for the ultimate early melon for the UK climate, and we think we are doing really well
now with the collection that we have here.
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First seen in 1948, this fantastic variety was bred for short summers – it swaps size for earliness – but without any sacrifice of sweetness or flavour. Compact vines grow about 4′ and quickly set several small (cricketball-sized) melons with sweet orange flesh, edible right to the rind.
The scent and flavour are incredible. Ripe melons can be located in the garden by smell alone! Fusarium-resistant, and the female flowers are formed even while it is young, thus outperforming many other varieties.
Very, very early melon. It’s going to be hard to improve on this one.
Prescott Fond Blanc DELICIOUS
This is an amzing, unique French heirloom from the early 1800s. It is pumkin shaped, with a gently ribbed surface and beautiful marbled skin that starts green and ripens with an orange blush.
It has been well maintained over the years and has an exquisite fragrance.
It does not come off the vine when ripe, but you can tell when it’s ready by the sweet scent, from a distance of several feet!
Beautiful, multi-coloured melon, makes big fruit.
A fab new variety from our 2018 trial – from Kasakhstan, a remarkably early and productive vaiety, with dark green fruit. The unusual thing about this one is the crispness of pale green flesh – very sweet with an excellent flavour.
Well adapted to short summers and cooler climates, this does well in the UK.
This is an heirloom early melon that was bred in 1905, which we have chosen for its excellent flavour when ripe.
The melons are not too big (about 1 lb) so they ripen early, and are slightly ribbed with a netted skin. The succulent flesh is bright green and very juicy when ripe.
Warning, sniffing the fruit may cause involuntary drooling. . .
14 seed , organic £
A specially early, medium sized melon (about 1 to 2 lb) bred for home gardeners in shorter-season areas. The fruit are oval, with orange flesh, and a slight netting on the skin.
This melon was bred by the late Professor Elwyn Meader who dedicated much of his life to breeding really tasty varieties for home gardeners in places with shorter or cooler summers, so many of his varieties do really well in the UK. We have several of his other creations (such as Sweet Chocolate Pepper) in our seedbank and they always rank highest in our taste trials.
Medium melon for short seasons.
14 seed, organic £
An mini melon popular on island of Krim in the Black Sea . . .extremely sweet and fragrant. Typically they are about the size of a cricket ball; the flesh is creamy white and exceptionally juicy and refreshing.
Early mini melons. Very aromatic & sweet – reminiscent of honeydew and cantaloupe.
Five Dessert Melon
A new discovery for us, this traditional melon we recently got from Bulgaria was a real success in our 2013 trials. The plants were really happy and gew well in our polytunnel.
It is very early and sweet, and makes lots of larger slightly oval fruit, green with pale yellow stripes. They are indeed big enough to get 5 portions out of each one!
They are at their best when they have turned yellow, but still have a distinct green stripe between ribs. We got so many seed we are offering them at a very reduced price
Larger early melon for short seasons, with a good flavour. Particularly good chilled in the fridge before serving.
Petit Gris de Rennes
This 400-year old variety , originally from the garden of the Bishop of Rennes, was originally sent to us by melon enthusiast Frank Keirsblick of Belgium. We were discussing early melons and he said:
” . . . and I think this is the best outdoors melon, together with De Belegarde. Not as early as Minnesota Midget but very tasty. Watch the watering though as they can split just before harvest. It is even better of course in a greenhouse – more productive. . .”
This view is shared by Amy Goldman (author of “Melons for the Passionate Grower”), who writes “this is the champagne of melons . ..you’ll blink in disbelief when you taste its sweetness . . . it inspires devotion”.
The melons are round, and smooth-skinned with slight ribbing, and very sweet, with a really good flavour and texture.
Serve as it comes off the plant, or try it chilled with slivers of ham.
Early melon with low heat requirement. Can try it outdoors in warm areas, but best in a greenhouse or polytunnel. Particularly good flavour.
‘Collective Farm Woman’ Melon EARLY MELON FROM RUSSIA
This incredible Ukrainian variety is really early with sweet flesh,a good flavour and nice crisp texture. Said to be grown in central Russia and even to ripen in Moscow – we can believe it. Most unusually, it keeps for several weeks after picking.
It is always very reliable in the UK ,and so delicious we always grow extra just to make sure we have plenty to eat. (We passed on a few plants to a friend in spring this year -her family liked it so much she had to measure the fruits when cutting them up to make sure everyone got exactly the same size helping!)
Fantastic Ukrainian melon. Seed supply very limited, consider saving your own.
‘Blacktail Mountain’ Watermelon
If you’ve had no luck with watermelons in the past, here’s your chance to try again with a better strain. This variety is very tolerant of cool weather conditions, and the best choice we have found for a UK crop.
‘Blacktail Mountain’ was developed by plant breeder Glenn Drowns of Iowa when he was a teenager in 1977, and time after time it beats all the other early watermelons in trials – it is widely acknowledged as one of the earliest varieties available.
It has nice sweet red flesh, and is one of the the two we have found to grow in a polytunnel or greenhouse in the UK.
Sweet and tasty red fleshed fruit – look at that , watermelon grown in Wales! Yay!
10 seed, organic £
‘Siberian Lights’ Watermelon
We’re pleased to offer this early dark green watermelon with very sweet red flesh from our trial last year. Ben got the seed from Andrei Baranovski in the Ukraine , and it is adapted to northern lattitudes, doing well in our polytunnel here in Wales. Just a few packets from our trial plants for now.
The fruit are particularly pretty with paler green stripes and good sweet flavour.
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Sweet & juicy early melon varieties that really are easy to grow in the UK. From Ј2 per packet, guaranteed seed.