Growing Imperial 45 Cantaloupe Melon Seeds
- Latin Name: Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis
- Other Names:
- Days to Maturity: 65-85 days
- Hardiness Zone: 3-9
- Planting Depth: ½"
- Plant Spacing: 2-3'
- Row Spacing: 4-6'
- Growth Habit: Vine
- Soil Preference: Rich, sandy, Ph 7 to 7.8
- Temp Preference: Warmer
- Light Preference: Full Sun
- Diseases/pests: Resistant to alternaria, powdery mildew, and downy mildew
- Color: Light golden
- Flavor: Sweet
Seeds Per Package:
- 1 oz - Approximately 1,000 Seeds
- 4 oz - Approximately 4,000 Seeds
- 1 lb - Approximately 1,600 Seeds
- 5 lb - Approximately 8,000 Seeds
The Imperial 45 cantaloupe seeds can be sown indoors and transplanted outdoors after two to four weeks. When sowing, plant the seeds half an inch deep, with two to three feet between plants and four to six feet between rows. The Imperial 45 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 Imperial 45 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.