Mini Mist Melon
Small, dense and sweet! A hybrid mini Galia melon. The round, dense 1.5 to 2 pound fruit are green fleshed and very sweet. The exterior has fine netting with a green background which turns golden at maturity. A cross between a honeydew and a cantaloupe, a Galia melon’s rind is netted like a cantaloupe, but the smooth lime-green flesh is like a honeydew. Galia melons have a tropical, sweet flavour similar to cantaloupe, with a hint of banana. Tolerant to Powdery Mildew 1 & 2. Matures in 70 days from transplants. Approx. 20 seeds/pkg.
For best results start seed indoors, 4 weeks prior to the last frost. Sow 2-3 seeds 1⁄2 inches deep in 21⁄4 inches Jiffy strips. Provide a warm soil temperature (24-27 degrees C) and even moisture. Leave the 2 best seedlings in each pot. Transplant outdoors after all risk of frost in rows 4-6 feet apart with 36 inches(melons) - 48 inches(watermelon) between jiffy pots.
For direct seeding, wait until all risk of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Sow seed in rows and space properly or sow into mounded 1 foot x 2 foot hills, leaving 2 plants per hill, with hills spaced at 4-6 feet.
Melons require a bright, warm growing season of about 3 months duration. Row covers or black mulch are highly recommended for extending growing season, to ensure maturity and to increase yield.
Full sun and sheltered location with soil pH of 6.0-7.0. Melons are moderate feeders which require plenty of compost added to the soil. Regular feedings during the season with a well balanced fertilizer or compost tea are highly beneficial.
Each variety is a little different. Most are ready when the gray-green color begins to change to buff-yellow and when a light tug separates the fruit from the vine.
Protect against cucumber beetles with floating row covers applied at transplanting, or with insecticides. Leaf spots and mildew can be controlled using a sulfur or copper fungicide.