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Melon

Melon Cucumis melo

Grow melons as you would cucumbers (trailing or grown up nets); they enjoy heat and humidity and thrive under glass or in a cold frame. Best grown on a mound, as they don’t like to get their stems wet. Remember to prune, any good gardening book should tell you how to do this. Copious amounts of water should be supplied when the fruits are forming. If seed saving grow only one variety to maintain purity.

Cantalun

New for 2011. Originally from the Vilmorin Seed House this variety was donated to HSL by Richard Stockwell. It is a mid-season Charentais type melon producing round fruits, approximately 12-15cm in diameter and just under 1kg in weight, with delicious sweet, orange flesh.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.

Green Nutmeg

Described by Vilmorin-Andrieux (1885), this old variety produces attractive, small, dark green fruits, 8-10cm in diameter, which set well from a vigorous vine. The green, ‘netted’ skin encloses soft-textured, juicy, pale green flesh. Does well in a cold frame or polytunnel, and may be risked outdoors in warmer areas. Seed Guardian David Martin says, “a melon of a nice size – just right for two”.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.

Hero of Lockinge

Developed by Lord Wantage of Lockinge’s head gardener, this muskmelon was introduced by Sutton’s in the 1800s, and appeared in one of their early advertisements. Sutton’s described it as “the finest new Melon of the Season” producing “large fruits with white flesh of superb flavour”. It survived on the National List until 1995 and won a First Class Certificate from the RHS.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.

Jenny Lind

Named after the opera singer who, in 1846, was billed as “the Swedish Nightingale”, this melon was grown exclusively for the USA markets. Shaped like flattened globes, the fruits are is small and netted and have a distinctive knob at the blossom end. The green flesh is soft, sweet and aromatic.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.


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