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Gourmet Tuscan Melon

Napoli

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Gourmet Tuscan Melon

Napoli

EXCLUSIVE - This delicious Italian specialty yields plump, 2 to 3 pound netted melons with small seed cavities and deep orange sweet flesh r...
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 gms / F-1 Hybrid
$ 2.99

STARTING SEEDLINGS OUTDOORS

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


TO START EARLY INDOORS

Several weeks before last frost date, sow seeds in individual pots of seed starting mix. Keep warm and moist, and provide a strong light source until weather warms 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 colored, 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.

Plant In

Location

Planting Depth

Space Seeds

Days To Germinate

Days To Harvest

April – June
Full sun
1 inch
Rows: 2 ft. apart
Hills: 6 in. apart
7 – 10 days
Approx. 75 – 80

Plant In

Location

Planting Depth

Space Seeds

Days To Germinate

Days To Harvest

April – June
Full sun
1 inch
Rows: 2 ft. apart
Hills: 6 in. apart
7 – 10 days
Approx. 75 – 80

Plant In

April – June

Location

Full sun

Planting Depth

1 inch

Space Seeds

Rows: 2 ft. apart
Hills: 6 in. apart

Days To Germinate

7 – 10 days

Days To Harvest

Approx. 75 – 80

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