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Hearts of Gold Melon

Hearts of Gold Melon

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Hearts of Gold

Cucumis melo L. Reticulatus Group

90 days — 'Hearts of Gold', also known as 'Hoodoo', is a very old commercial variety that is well adapted for most parts and is a good choice for home gardeners. The fruit are nearly round and weigh two to three pounds with deep-orange, sweet, fragrant flesh. The rinds are heavily netted, medium ribbed, on vines that are vigorous, productive, and rust resistant.

It was released in about 1895 by Roland Morrill of Benton Harbor, Michigan[1] who claimed it was the result of stabilizing an accidental cross between 'Osage' and 'Netted Gem'.[3] It remained one of the most popular commercial melons throughout the Midwest into the 1930s. Mr. Morrill was also the originator of 'Osage'.[2] Each packet contains one gram, which is about 37 seeds.
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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. Morrill Family History
  2. "The Vegetables of New York: The Cucurbits," New York AES, 1937, pages 216-217.
  3. 1927 Stokes Seed Catalog.