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CUCUMIS melo 'Fastbreak'
An early-ripening muskmelon that's suitable for areas with short summers, 'Fastbreak' grows from seed to harvest in approximately 80 days. The 3- to 4- pound (1.5- to 2-kg), corky-skinned, sweet-fleshed melons are abundantly borne on fusarium-resistant vines.
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, bearing male and female yellow flowers 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. Vines or seed should be planted after the danger of frost has passed. It is common practice to create mounds of soil to grow melons in. Muskmelons need space and benefit from a surrounding layer of mulch to protect the fruits from rot and keep weeds at bay. If space is limited, they can be grown on a trellis and fruits supported with cloth slings.
Muskmelons are best harvested when the skin becomes fragrant and the melon can be easily removed from the vine. Mature fruits also become yellower at the base and emit a hollow sound if knocked.
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
10"-18" / 25.4cm - 45.7cm
5'-8' / 1.5m - 2.4m
Early Summer, Summer, Indeterminate
Hybrid Origin, Africa
Light Yellow, Tan
Edible, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Herb / Vegetable, Vine
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