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Banana Melon

Banana Melon

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Banana Melon
Cucumis melo L. Reticulatus Group

90 days — It is a very old variety predating 1880. Its fruit weigh around five pounds each and are an interesting, elongated shaped, pinched at the ends, with a yellow skin that is mostly smooth with very little netting. It resembles a giant, eighteen to twenty-four inch long banana, hence its name.

When looking through old seed catalogs prior to about 1900, nearly everyone listed the Banana melon. The 1885 James J. H. Gregory seed annual stated, "None of the 170 varieties of vegetables exhibited by me at the Essex Agricultural Society in the fall of 1883 created a greater interest than the Banana melon." About 30 seeds per one gram packet.
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Planting Instructions: The seeds can be directly sown in spring after the soil has warmed or started indoors three to four weeks before your last expected frost.

Indoors, plant two to three seeds per pot, ½ inch deep, thinning to best plant. Do not disturb roots.

Outdoors, plant six to eight seeds, ½ inch deep, in hills spaced four feet apart. Transplant or thin to three plants per hill.

Young plants are cold sensitive and some cover protection at nights may be required. Mulch or cultivate to control weeds.