«Olvia» - Organic Melon Seeds
Olvia melon's vigorous vines produce good yields of very attractive canary type melons in a concentrated set. Durasol's fruit weigh 2.5 kg. and their yellow rinds have the classic wrinkled look that canary melons are known for.
Heirloom Melon «Olvia»Olvia melon's vigorous vines produce good yields of very attractive canary type melons in a concentrated set. Durasol's fruit weigh 2.5 kg. and their yellow rinds have the classic wrinkled look that canary melons are known for.
The oval-shaped fruit offer high quality (15% brix), firm and creamy white flesh. Very good shelf life after harvest.
How to grow
SowSow two seeds 1.5cm (1/2in) deep from mid- to late April, in a propagator or on a sunny windowsill at 18-21ºC (64-70ºF). Remove the strongest seedling after germination. Harden off (acclimatise to outdoor conditions) from late May to early June, once there is no danger of frost, and when they have three or four leaves.
GrowMelons are tender plants, so need a warm, sunny spot with high humidity. In the UK it is best to grow in a glasshouse, polytunnel or under a cloche or in a coldframe. Melons need a rich, fertile, moisture retentive, deep and well-drained soil. Three to four weeks before planting, prepare the ground by removing weeds and incorporating up to two bucketfuls of organic matter and a modest dressing of general purpose fertiliser. Water well and cover in clear polythene for a week before planting to warm the soil.
Pinch out the growing point at the fifth leaf to encourage side shoots, when they appear, retain the four strongest and remove the others. In a coldframe, train the four shoots into an X shape. Under cloches, train one pair each way. In very sunny weather, shade indoor crops with netting or whitewash on the glass. Keep well watered at all times. When fruit are the size of walnuts, feed with a high potash potassium liquid fertiliser every 7-10 days. Stop feeding and reduce watering when the fruits start to ripen and foliage dies back.
Increase ventilation and remove shading once plants become established, but remember to re-apply shading later in summer if temperatures exceed 25ºC.
HarvestingHarvest when they produce the characteristic melon fragrance and the fruits start to crack near the stem.