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Rocky Ford

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 50 Hand Packed seeds

90 days


An Heirloom cantaloupe from  Rocky Ford Colorado that dates back to 1881. The melon has netted skin and sweet, pale-green, aromatic fruit. A well known home garden variety. Melons weigh in at 2 - 3 pounds with a gold border in the center.   An extremely productive variety! The flavor can't be beat!
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Sowing instructions: Sow seed directly in standard good draining potting mix indoors 3 weeks before planting outside.   Germination results in 5-10 days at a soil temperature of 70 - 85 degrees F.  Soil temperature should be at least 65 degrees F if planting outdoors.

Plant Care: For the biggest yields place plants in raised composted beds.  Water regularly.    

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Fun Facts:

  • This melon got its start as "Netted Gem" in 1881 but later became known for the place that still today produces this sweet melon
  • Beginning in 1878 the town of Rocky Ford Colorado began holding its Annual Rocky Ford Watermelon Day, which continues to be a city tradition to this very day
  • The first Rocky Ford melons had only green flesh until new commercial varieties were developed around 1920



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