A Guide to Early Melon Varieties

A guide to early melon varieties, growing and discovering the most delectable watermelons and cantaloupes, including short-season traits and direct seeding versus transplants.



A guide to early melon varieties. 'Minnesota Midget' boasts sugary flesh that's edible right to the rind.
A guide to early melon varieties. 'Minnesota Midget' boasts sugary flesh that's edible right to the rind.
PHOTO: DAVID CAVAGNARO
'Black Tail Mountain' sets the flavor standard for watermelons.
'Black Tail Mountain' sets the flavor standard for watermelons.
KENT WHEALY
'Honey Girl,' a Charentais type, is super sweet and very fragrant.
'Honey Girl,' a Charentais type, is super sweet and very fragrant.
DAVID CAVAGNARO
Introduced in 1846, 'Jenny Lind' has sweet, juicy, lime-green flesh.
Introduced in 1846, 'Jenny Lind' has sweet, juicy, lime-green flesh.
KENT WHEALY
Yummmmmm!
Yummmmmm!
KENT WHEALY
'Collective Farm Woman' has sweet, crisp flesh. From the Ukraine, it is said to grow well even in Moscow.
'Collective Farm Woman' has sweet, crisp flesh. From the Ukraine, it is said to grow well even in Moscow.
DAVID CAVAGNARO
'Sweet Siberian' watermelon is aptly named for the taste of its gorgeous orange-yellow flesh.
'Sweet Siberian' watermelon is aptly named for the taste of its gorgeous orange-yellow flesh.
DAVID CAVAGNARO
Colorful heirloom watermelons make a beautiful and delicious treat.
Colorful heirloom watermelons make a beautiful and delicious treat.
DAVID CAVAGNARO
'Queen Anne's' pocket melon gives off an exotic perfume, but it's barely edible.
'Queen Anne's' pocket melon gives off an exotic perfume, but it's barely edible.
KENT WHEALY
Chart: Maturity rates for transplanted cantaloupes, watermelons and other melons.
Chart: Maturity rates for transplanted cantaloupes, watermelons and other melons.
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