Cucurbits: melons

 

CANTALOUPE & MUSKMELON  (Cucumis melo )


  BLEND- Cantaloupe: Orange Blend

A very diverse blend of dozens of cantaloupe / muskmelons.  Mostly conventional orange fleshed.  Heirlooms, new developments and experimental crosses.  Many of the best.  There is a lot here to select from. Pkt. (30 seeds)




  BLEND- Cantaloupe: Green Blend

Mostly green-fleshed or crosses with green -flesh parents.  Refreshing, melting, fruity sweet flesh.  There may be some orange kinds in the mix. Pkt. (30 seeds)



  SELECTIONS- OSP Golden Charentais

Selections from a Cornell cross between a powdery mildew resistant Charentais and the american melon, Golden Gopher.  The selections are still rough and in need of additional selection but we think it's already a winner.  We'll continue to work on perfecting this and invite you to help by sending us a few seeds of any outstanding tasting melon that you raise from this seed.  Seed of the original cross was made available through the courtesy of the Cornell/Nofa-NY Organic Seed Partnership to develop varieties for organic systems. Pkt. (20 seeds)




Cross- Delicious 51 x PMR Delicious

A new release of an old development from Cornell which imparts even more disease resistance to a popular mainstay is PMR Delicious.  We raise an especially delightful tasting Delicious selection and the the disease resistant release together in the same batch.  Our crop from a patch of both.   Cornell added powdery mildew resistance to Delicious 51 many years ago but the seed wasn't brought into commerce until interest in the organic farming community prompted a few small seed producers to raise a seed crop.  Once again demonstrating the need to regionalize small seed production and get some of the great varieties sitting on breeder's shelves out into the farming community.  Sweet, thick aromatic orange flesh, moderate netted 2-3 lb. fruit are produced early. Pkt. (20 seeds)


SELECTIONS-  Minnesota Honey

A sibling of Minnesota Midget with honeydew parentage.  It is early and has a dark green skin that lightens up just before it is ready to harvest.  Melting orange flesh.  Productive.  We obtained the seed courtesy of USDA/NSSL.  It may have been crossed and shows some variability.  Might prove interesting to work with to develop stable lines with more disease resistance. Pkt. (20 seeds)



SELECTIONS- Birdnest Cross

Produced small round 4" melons with a corky, crinkly netting, no ribs, mostly bright orange flesh, bright green at rind, tends to have a cluster of fruit near the center of the plant similar to Far North, one of the early old-time "birdnest" melons.  Breeding material from China as well as US Heirlooms.  Interesting, variable, possible interest to breeders with time on their hands. Pkt. (15 seeds)


BLEND-Italian Cross Cantaloupe

These are cantaloupes grown by our Italian neighbors in Deer Park, NY who brought the seeds over from near Parma, Italy. Variable, medium large netted, moderately ribbed melons with orange aromatic flesh.  We added stable, similar disease resistant cultivars from Italy to cross, which will produce some spontaneous F1's, extra vigor and disease resistance in the future.  Pkt. (20 seeds)


BLEND- Oriental Melon (Cucumis melo )

Our collection of a number of sweet oriental "pear" melons. These have thin edible golden skin sometimes with delicate silver stripes. The crisp white flesh is like as asian pear and makes a nice addition to fruit salads. These are early producers of palm sized oval fruit. One variety of Oriental Melon was sold as "apple pie melon" by an enterprising seed company in the 1800's and used just like sliced apples in a crust. Pkt. (20 seeds)


  BLEND- Exotic Melon Blend

Only somewhat exotic, these are crenshaw, honeydew, casaba and a number of other kinds that don't fit your normal definition of "cantaloupe" and are more familiar to gardeners in the warmer southwest.  There are also some interesting crosses that have been made in order to develop more regional lines.  Can't grow the "exotic" melons?  Don't be so sure.  Start them early in peat pots if you have doubts.  There will probably be something in our blend that works for you!   Pkt. (30 seeds)



web sources on melons:

http://vric.ucdavis.edu/pdf/canthone.pdf

http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/ncnu02/v5-439.html


Genus: Citrullus

WATERMELON (Citrullus lanatus)


   BLEND- Watermelon Diversity Mix

A selection from dozens of watermelons in our seed bank including red, pink, orange and yellow fleshed kinds, small and large.  Mostly midseason kinds; very diverse, all sweet, nice kinds; some from our breeding program. Pkt. (30 seeds)



Blend- Yellow and Orange Flesh Watermelons

A blend of cultivars that produce orange and yellow flesh colors in an assortment of sizes and maturities.  This is the “Diversity Blend” minus the reds and pinks.  Pkt. (30 seeds)



  CV-Cream of Saskatchewan

A nice lemon ice white fleshed melon that is juicy and thirst-quenching, seeds received from melon collector and breeder Curtis Slyvester Showell from Muskrattown, MD many years ago who was responsible for preserving this variety. Pkt. (20 seeds)



Cross- Early Yellow Ice Box Mix

These are seeds from small, round “dark green stripes on light green” skin and bright yellow sweet flesh.  Included are F1 hybrids out of Korea and Japan that are similar to “Yellow Doll” as well as selections from Alan Kapular of Peace Seeds (Peace Yellow and Early Moonbeam) who began to de-hybridize Yellow Doll early on while keeping it’s flavor and F2’s and F3’s from  the Long Island Seed Project.  Pkt. (20 seeds)


Cross- Early Red Ice Box Mix

These are similar to the Yellow Ice Box Mix above but these “ice box” type melons will produce red flesh.  F1, F2 and F3’s.  Pkt. (20 seeds)


SELECTION-Crimson Early

Crimson Sweet type melon.  Medium sized green striped skin, slightly oval, sweet red flesh. Selected at Flanders Bay Farm. Pkt. (20 seeds)




CV- Early Canada

An small elongated oval “crimson sweet” -type melon with red flesh.  Sweet and crisp. Pkt. (20 seeds)



Blend: Golden Skin Yellow F1, F2

This is an early sweet “ice box” melon from Asia which is interesting since it develops it’s yellow skin almost from the start.  We have been growing it for years and are very impressed.  The F2 generation is a striped green skin “ice box” with excellent flavor.  The mix is 50:50.  Pkt. (10 seeds)





Breeding Challenge- To produce an early “Icebox” Moon and Stars”


In 2009 we grew a dozen small, early dark green to black early ice box watermelons selected for sweet, fine grain flesh and mass crossed them to the heirloom melon, Moon and Stars. These are all seeds from the female solid green skin icebox melons. Pull out those seedlings (after a few weeks when you are sure the leaves do not display the yellow spots) that do not have the moon and star trait and you will be rewarded with F1 Moon and Star type fruit since the genetic trait shows on the leaves as well as fruit.

Your F2 generation will be even more fun.


Mass Cross: Black Round Types x Moon and Stars

These are seeds from the original mass cross including small icebox and larger round melons such as Verona.  All seeds from the small seeded females (Moon and Stars provided pollen).  Pkt. (30 seeds)


Selections:  Moon and Stars (large seeded)

These are seeds from many sources as well as seed from our own production where some crossing with other melons might have occurred. Pkt. (30 seeds)


Selections:  You Sweet Thing x Moon and Stars

An cross made several years ago that continues to interest us because of the productivity and earliness of these melons.  The melons are round and have varied skin color mostly striped medium green with yellow spots.  Pinkish flesh and small seeds. Pkt. (30 seeds)




web sources on melons:

http://www.hort.purdue.edu/rhodcv/hort410/muskm/muskm.htm

http://www.hort.purdue.edu/rhodcv/hort410/waterm/waterm.htm


Revised 2-10

 

Muskmelon Seed, Cantaloupe Seed, Exotic Melons, Watermelon Seed