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Top Mark (Topmark) Melon

Top Mark (Topmark) Melon

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Top Mark
Cucumis melo L. Reticulatus Group

90 days —  'Top Mark', also marketed as "Topmark," has oval fruit that average three to three and one-half pounds and measure five by five and one-half inches. Its tough rinds protect the fruit from bruising. The flesh is sweet, deep salmon colored with a small seed cavity. 'Top Mark' is resistant to powdery mildew, sulfur and tolerant to downy mildew.[1]

It was bred and introduced by the Dessert Seed Company[1] of El Centro, California as a Western shipping melon variety. Can be harvested at the full slip stage of maturity and still transport well. Along with being excellent for commercial purposes, it is also popular as a home garden variety. Each packet contains one gram, which is about 35 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. "Vegetable Cultivar Descriptions for North America," Melon, Lists 1-26 Combined, Edited by James D. McCreight, U.S. Agricultural Research Station, Salinas, California.