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Melon 'Edonis' F1 Hybrid

Cucumis melo

Half-hardy Annual

Melon 'Edonis' is a productive variety that is very early to ripen particularly when grown under glass. The pale orange fleshed fruits weigh up to 600g (1½lb) and can be harvested from midsummer onwards. The sweet flavoured fruits have a refreshing, delicate flavour and an attractive juicy appearance. This variety also has good resistance to fusarium wilt. Height and spread: 2m (6', 6").


Melons require high temperatures and humidity. In all but the very warmest areas cultivation is most successful in a greenhouse, or under cover of a cold frame or cloche when growing melons in the UK.

Ideal For:
kitchen garden, greenhouse, exotic garden
Flowering Period:
June, July, August
Sowing Months:
March, April, May
Position:
full sun
    • 1 packet (4 melon seeds)

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Sow melon seeds from March to mid April for indoor cropping or early April to May for transplanting outdoors later on.


Sow melon seed at a depth of 1cm (½") in trays of free-draining, seed sowing compost. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a plastic bag at a temperature of 20C (68F) until germination which takes 7-10 days. Protect the emerging seedlings from direct sunlight to avoid scorching. Once germinated pot on individual seedlings into 7.5cm (3") pots of compost and grow melon plants on until they large enough to be transplanted into growbags. Maintain a temperature of 20c (68F) and keep the compost barely moist to avoid stem rot.


When melon plants are well grown, transplant 2 plants per growbag or 1m (3') apart under frost free glass, or into frames or cloches outdoors. When growing melons outdoors cover the soil 3-4 weeks before planting with a plastic mulch. Gradually acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7-10 days before transplanting into warm, well drained, humus rich soil in full sun, with shelter from winds. Plant in single rows at a distance of 50-90cm (20-36") apart leaving 2m (6') between rows. Pull a little soil around each plant to keep it from touching the plastic mulch. Water well after planting until melons are fully established.

Melon plants can be trained upwards on strings or wires, or allowed to spread flat on the ground. Pinch out the growing point after 5 leaves have formed to encourage lateral shoots to develop. Select 4 vigorous laterals and train these to 6 leaf stage, before pinching out each growing tip. Remove any other laterals. Fruiting sub laterals will then form on each stem.


Water melons regularly, particularly as the flowers develop, and provide a liquid feed every 10-14 days. Shade plants from strong direct sunlight. As the flowers develop, select 4 or 5 female flowers on each plant and hand pollinate them by placing a male flower inside each female bloom. Female melon flowers are identified by a swollen part at the base of the bloom. Once fruit has set remove any further flowers to allow the fruits to develop. Harvest melons when they begin to produce their characteristic sweet smell and the fruits start to crack near to the stem.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.


Orders for packets of seed incur a P&P charge of £1.95.
Orders which include any other products will incur a P&P charge of £4.95.
Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products a maximum P&P charge of £6.90 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.


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Reviews
  1. Total success

    By Simon Clifton 14-09-2016

    I had to harvest these because their aroma was overwhelming in the greenhouse. One had to be eaten the same day because the aroma in the kitchen was equally enticing. We chose the one that had reached the same size as the Cantaloupes available in Waitrose, but there the comparison ends. The flavour and sweetness was so intense it was preferable to add just a squeeze of lemon (certainly no sugar), until you've eaten a home grown melon you won't know what they should taste like. I think we're going to have to get a bigger greenhouse for next year...

    Faye
    15-09-2016

    Thank you very much for your review. I am glad that you have been happy with your purchase and thank you so much for taking the time to let us know. I hope we can continue to be of service to you in the future.

  2. Heavenly smell and flavour when ripe

    By Peter Humphrey 18-08-2016

    These seeds germinated very quickly and grew surprisingly fast and had melons forming in June so far I have harvested eight melons with three to go and none under 600gms three over 800gms. The smell is incredible and the flavour will knock your socks off, if you will pardon the expression!. The kitchen has been filled with the smell of these melons for several days. I highly recommend these melons. In fact I have ordered seeds for next year just to make sure I have some.

    Ryan
    18-08-2016

    Thank you very much for your review. I am glad that you have been happy with your purchase. I hope we can continue to be of service to you in the future.

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