Canteloupe and Watermelon suggestions?

edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)March 12, 2008

I'm looking for suggestions for heirloom/op muskmelons and watermelons for my upstate NY zone 5 garden this year. Any input is much appreciated! Thanks.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jwr6404(8B Wa)

My wife is Asian(Korean) and we have found thet www.evergreenseeds.com has a good selection of Melons,including smaller watermelons that would,I think,grow in your Zone.
Jim

    Bookmark   March 13, 2008 at 12:40PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
booberry85(5)

I would try some of the following that are a little more tolerant to cooler weather: Minnesota Midgets, Schoon's Hardshell, Pride of Wisconsin,cream of Saskatchewan, & Orangeglo. Sugar Baby is also suppose to do well in NY, but I had a tough time with it last year (too many pests.)

    Bookmark   March 13, 2008 at 9:02PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
carmellia(z 4 Minn)

Moon and Stars is the most beautiful watermelon you can grow. Deep green with bright orange-yellow perfectly formed circles varying in size from a grain of tapioca to fiddy cents. The leaves too are dark green and spotted. They have a kind of oak leaf shape (maybe all watermelon do, I dont know). And they are open pollinated, so you can save seed from year to year.

The caveat here is that I am not a big watermelon fan. I grown them for the rind and make pickles. I try to find enough people to take away the insides and end up composting some of it. The color inside is not very dark, but that's all I can say about it. I understand from some of the people who have accepted the insides that it was good tasting. I can only tell you that I don't think you will find a more aesthetically pleasing watermelon. Carmellia

    Bookmark   March 14, 2008 at 9:43AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
shastadaisy

Minnesota Midget, Golden Jenny, and Blacktail Mountain watermelon grew well in my short season last year. All from Baker Creek Heirloom seeds. The year before I got free seeds for Charentais which I successfully grew in a clay pot.

Here is a link that might be useful: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

    Bookmark   March 18, 2008 at 12:26PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Naked seeded pumpkins
I am going to grow Gleisdorfer Naked Seeded Pumpkin...
Trishcuit
rutgers vs stupice
I live near Chicago. For our 2015 garden I have devoted...
braidwood13
Grocery Store Heirloom Tomatoes
Forgive me, I bought 4 of them. Not having much of...
yardenman
Civil War Era heirlooms?
Hi all, After reading a couple of Civil War diaries,...
tumblingtomatoes
Heirloom tomato plants
This is my first large garden. I am not sure if I should...
hyazvac
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™