(Cucumis melo) 60-75 days. Bred by the University of Minnesota in 1948 specifically for shorter growing seasons in the northern regions. The Minnesota Midget cantaloupe is an extra early variety, with compact vines perfectly suited to the small garden, some have even reported them to do well in large containers. Small fruits are approx. 5-6″ in diameter, and weigh 13 oz – 1 ½ lbs. Thick golden-yellow interior flesh is delicious and sweet, edible to the rind. Tolerant to Fusarium wilt and cool nights.
Planting Instructions for Minnesota Midget Cantaloupe Seeds
Minnesota Midget Cantaloupe are heat loving plants that prefer well drained loose soil and an even amount of water. Plant Cantaloupe in rows or hills but make sure the soil is well warmed. In the North it helps to start seeds indoors 2-3 wks. before last frost. Plant Minnesota Midget seeds ½” deep in full sun. For rows plant 3-4″ apart, in rows 6-10′ apart. For hills plant 4-6 seeds per hill, with hills 2-3′ apart. Germination occurs in 3-10 days in soil 70-85°F. In hills thin to 2 Cantaloupe plants per hill. Harvest Minnesota Midget when fruit easily slips from the vine, or smells very sweet and fragrant at the blossom end. Heirloom Honeydew does not slip from the vine, the melon must be cut from the vine.