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65-70 days. This exquisite heirloom produces a bounty of early, and true to its name, mini cantaloupes. Fruit measure 4–6 inches across and have deep orange flesh that is succulent, sweet, and delicious down to the rind. The ultimate melon for short-season areas, and the compact plants are ideal for small space or container gardens. HR: F.
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Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Allen W.
Too early to tell, but good so far. Name change?

Getting prompted to leave a review this early in the game is tough to give it justice. I will do my best. The seed had great germ and is outgrowing my other trial melons, so that is hopeful. Just transplanted to wont know much for a bit. Hopefully I can update.

Side note: I have not felt comfortable telling others the name of this variety because the word "midget" is pretty much consentually thought of as offensive no matter what the context. I realize this is a fruit, but the words roots are aimed at humans. Seems like a miss in the naming realm. I tell everyone I'm growing Minnesota Minnies, and that helps me feel better about myself. Not territorial seeds fault, but good god, I hope whoever has the power to change the name does it at some point. Yikes!

Such fun!

This small melon grew like crazy in my raised bed garden. There were just so many of them!! Thankfully they were small so easy to share with others. Great flavor. They didn't keep well in the fridge so when you see too many getting ready to ripen, prep your friends for a porch drop or plan to make some cantaloupe vanilla jam (tastes like a creamsicle!).

Walt L.
An absolute joy!

I live in Oregon and decided to give these a try 4 years ago and am glad I did. The melons are sweet and flavorful with a hint of citrus to my taste buds. Hermiston, in eastern OR, is known for producing great melons and are greatly anticipated around here. These "Midgets"� are as good tasting as any of them. They're a regular part of my garden now. Love them!

ripened in Seattle despite a dismal May-June

I have no full-sun site and have not had success with melons, but this one worked.

Grew it in a small pot and got one single 4" melon, which I picked when powdery mildew took over. I was expecting it to be unripe because the skin under the netting was entirely green, but it was very ripe. (This may be how it ripens without much sun.)

Tasted great!

Soil Temp for Germ 70–85°F
Seed Depth ½"
Days to Emergence 3–10
Soil Temp for Transp 60°F
Plant Spacing 3–4'
Row Spacing 5–6'
Fertilizer Needs High
Minimum Germination 80%
Seeds per Gram ≈ 20–40
Seed Life 3 years

Melons: Cucumis melo
Watermelons: Citrullus lanatus

The sweet succulence of summer-ripe melons is irresistibly tempting, but the health benefits of these luscious fruits shouldn't be overlooked. Look to red-fleshed melons to fortify the heart and urinary tract. Yellow and orange flesh types provide support to the immune system, heart and vision. Green-fleshed varieties promote strong bones and teeth as well as vision health. We've selected varieties that are successful in both southern and northern gardens.

Days to maturity are calculated from transplant date.

• Melons and watermelons perform best in fertile, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0
• Apply 1/2 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer and a shovelful of compost to each plant
• Watermelons are less tolerant of cool conditions than melons — the use of plastic mulch or floating row cover is highly recommended
• Monitor the temperature under the row covers on hot days, especially early in the season
• Remove covers prior to flowering for pollination

Direct Sowing
• Soil temperature is critical for good germination and only recommended in warmer climates

• Start indoors in 4 inch pots, 3-4 weeks before anticipated transplant date
• Grow the seedlings under dry, warm conditions
• Avoid letting starts get root bound; transplant carefully as to not disturb roots
• Fertilize seedlings with a balanced liquid fertilizer, such as Age Old Grow

Insects & Diseases
• Common insects: Cucumber beetles
• Insect control: Pyrethrin and row covers
• Common diseases: Bacterial wilt and powdery mildew
• Disease control: Zonix
• Disease prevention: 3-4 year crop rotation, avoid overhead watering

Harvest & Storage
• Cantaloupe will easily slip from vine when ripe
• With other melons, check the leaf where fruit is attached to the vine — fruit is mature when this leaf begins to yellow
• Watermelons are ready for harvest when the tendril closest to the fruit is dry and brown or when the bottom side of the fruit is yellow
• Melons and watermelons will not ripen off vine
• Pick in the cool of the day and chill quickly
• Melons: store at 40°F and 95% relative humidity
• Watermelons: store at 50-60°F and 85% relative humidity

A | Anthracnose
AB | Early (Alternaria) Blight
F* | Fusarium Wilt
MNSV | Melon Necrotic Spot Virus
PM* | Powdery Mildew
PRV | Papaya Ringspot Virus
WMV | Watermelon Mosaic Virus
ZYMV | Zucchini Yellow Mosaic Virus
*Numbers indicate specific disease race.

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