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About This Plant...
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Genus and species: Cucumis melo var. reticulatus
Growing Season: summer
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: 3-4 weeks
When to transplant to garden: 2 weeks after last spring frost
Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors: 2 weeks after last spring frost
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time: 3-10 days
Germination temp.: 75-95 degrees F.
Sowing depth: 1/2 inch
Days to maturity: 75-110 days
Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 12-24 inches
Spacing between rows: 60-84 inches
Growing On...
Pests: cucumber beetle, squash vine borer, pickleworm
Diseases: bacterial wilt, anthracnose, downy mildew
Harvest: allow to ripen on the vine; when ripe, a muskmelon develops a crack at the point of attachment to the stem and will slip off easily
Growing tips: melons thrive in heat and need lots of room to grow

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