A nearly round, tasty, open pollinated melon with thick, firm, orange coloured flesh.
A nearly round, very tasty, open pollinated melon with thick, firm, orange coloured flesh. Fruits average 15 cm (6") in diameter with an average weight of 1.1 kg (2.5 lbs) when fully ripened. Delicious 51 is an excellent variety for home gardeners especially those growing in cool climates. If soil is acidic (pH <6.5), apply dolomitic lime as directed. This melon first arrived in 1953.
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How To Grow
35 seeds/gram Select a south facing, wind-sheltered site and sow 5 seeds 2.5 cm (1")deep per hill. Space hills 1.5-2 m (4-6') apart. Thin to 3 to 4 plants per hill. In short season areas, start seeds in peat/paper pots indoors 4 weeks before plant out time. Seeds need a warm soil to germinate properly. Do not sow into soil cooler than 21 C (70 F). Keep the melon vines evenly watered throughout the growing season.