Growing Hearts of Gold Cantaloupe Melon Seeds
- Latin Name: Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis
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- Days to Maturity: 80-90 days
- Hardiness Zone: 3-9
- Seed Planting Depth: ½"
- Plant Spacing: 2-3'
- Row Spacing: 4-6'
- Growth Habit: Vine
- Soil Preference: Rich, sandy, temperature of 70 degrees and pH level of 6.5 to 7.5
- Temp Preference: Warmer
- Light Preference: Full Sun
- Diseases/pests: Resistant to alternaria, powdery mildew, and downy mildew
- Color: Tan
- Flavor: Sweet
The Hearts of Gold cantaloupe seeds can be sown indoors and transplanted outdoors after two to four weeks. When sowing, plant the cantaloupe seeds half an inch deep, with two to three feet between plants and three to five feet between rows. The Hearts of Gold cantaloupe will thrive in rich, sandy soil, with a pH level between 6.5 and 7.5. While the cantaloupe is growing, monitor the vine and pinch off any blossoms or smaller melons. By doing this, you can redirect the energy from the vine to the biggest fruits. When watering the vine, it’s best to do so at a low level. This will prevent the leaves from getting wet, which can cause and spread disease through the vine. When the Hearts of Gold cantaloupe melons are slightly golden, they should easily be pulled from the vine. Picked melons will keep for several weeks.
Read this article by Live Science about the nutritional value of cantaloupe.