Melon Napoli - Renee&
Melon Napoli - Renee&
Melon Napoli - Renee&
Melon Napoli - Renee&

Melon Napoli - Renee's Garden

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Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis

Gourmet Tuscan Melon

EXCLUSIVE - This delicious Italian specialty yields plump, 2 to 3 pound netted melons with small seed cavities and deep orange, sweet flesh renowned for complex rich flavor and spicy floral aroma. Napoli vines are powdery mildew and fusarium resistant with a strong leaf canopy. Fruits ripen early with good crack resistance. Enjoy these delectable melons as a snack, for dessert, or Italian style as an appetizer with paper-thin slices of prosciutto.

Seed Count: 18-20 / Weight: 0.45 g
 Plant In Sun/Shade Planting Depth Space Seeds Days to Germinate Days to Harvest
April-June Full Sun 1 in. Rows: 2 ft. apart Hills: 6 in. apart 7 - 10 days Approx. 75 - 80

STARTING SEEDLINGS OUTDOORS

Melons need full sun, rich soil and warm temperatures. Plant only when weather is warm and settled and temperatures stay above 50F (10C). In rows 4 ft. apart, sow groups of 2 to 3 seeds every 2 ft. after germination, thin to the strongest seedling per group, so you end up with one plant every 2 ft. Or make slightly mounded hills, 2 ft. in diameter and 5 ft. apart, sowing 5 or 6 seeds in each hill. Thin to 3 strongest plants.

TO START EARLY INDOORS

Several weeks before the last frost date, sow seeds in individual pots of seed starting mix. Keep warm and moist, and provide a strong light source until weather turns warm enough to transplant outdoors.

GROWING NOTES

Amend soil well with aged manure or compost. Where summers are short or cool, lay down black plastic to retain heat, and plant into holes made in plastic. Where insects are a problem, cover seedlings with floating row covers to exclude them, removing when plants blossom. Keep young vines well watered and fed, tapering off water as fruits ripen up.

HARVEST AND USE

Pick when melons are fully coloured, heavy and fragrant and "slip" or pull easily from the vines. The melons' sweet aromatic flesh is delicious sliced and wrapped with prosciutto as a traditional Italian appetizer or enjoy in fruit salads or simply eat for snacks or dessert.

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