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Edisto 47 Melon

Edisto 47 Melon

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Edisto 47
Cucumis melo L. Reticulatus Group

90 days — The oval fruits grow large (three to five pounds) on vigorous vines. The are medium netted with light ribs. Bred as a larger improved Edisto-type melon, 'Edisto 47' does well in hot, humid conditions and exhibits improved disease resistance to alternaria, powdery mildew and downy mildew.[1,2]

Bred and introduced by Dr. Morris B. Hughes.[1] of the Clemson University, South Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station, Blackville, South Carolina. 'Edisto 47' is the result of a stabilized cross between an F8 of a sister line of 'Edisto' with 'Georgia 47'.[3] Introduced in 1964.[1,2] 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. Informational References:
  1. "New Cantaloupe Released By Experiment Station," The News and Courier," Charleston, South Carolina, February 23, 1963.
  2. "Edisto 47 Cantaloupe," The News and Courier," Charleston, South Carolina, July 17, 1964.
  3. "Vegetable Cultivar Descriptions for North America," Melon, Lists 1-26 Combined, Edited by James D. McCreight, U.S. Agricultural Research Station, Salinas, California.