(Cucumis melo) 85 days. The Rocky Ford Heirloom Melon is an heirloom that goes back to 1881. Rocky Ford produces not quite round 2-3lb fruit with deep grained green flesh. Plants are prolific producers, very rust resistant, with good vigor.
Planting Instructions for Rocky Ford Cantaloupe Seeds
Rocky Ford 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 weeks. before last frost. Plant Cantaloupe 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 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.