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CUCUMIS melo 'Burpees Early Hybrid'
A crenshaw melon for areas with short frost-free seasons, 'Burpees Early Hybrid' grows from seed to harvest in about 105 days. The large, oblong melons have dark green skin that yellows as the peach-pink, mildly sweet flesh ripens. This high-yielding F1 hybrid was introduced by W. Atlee Burpee Co. in 1968.
Garden fresh melons are truly a summertime treat. Fragrant and delicious, these warm season fruits have been bred and revered by cultures worldwide and come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Muskmelons, cantaloupes, and "late melons" such as honeydew and crenshaw are all Cucumis melo variants believed to have origins in Africa.
Melons are tropical annual vines with long, sprawling stems that cling via springy tendrils. Their big lobed leaves are coarse, fuzzy and medium to deep green. Bright yellow, funnel-shaped flowers are produced when the vines reach maturity. The plants are monoecious, with separate male and female yellow flowers produced on each vine. The pollen-producing male flowers open first, followed by the female flowers, which have distinctive bulbous ovaries at their bases. Only the female flowers produce melons and each must be pollinated by bees for fruit set.
Melons require full sun and friable, fertile deep soil with good drainage. A neutral pH is best. Seed or seedlings should be planted after the danger of frost has passed. It is common practice to create mounds of soil to grow melons in. Melons need space and benefit from a surrounding layer of mulch to protect the fruits from rot and keep weeds at bay.
12 - 4
2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm
4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m
Early Summer, Summer, Indeterminate
Hybrid Origin, Africa
Green, Yellow Green
Edible, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Herb / Vegetable, Vine
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