«Ethiopian» - Organic Melon Seeds
Mid-early, self-pollinated variety with excellent honey taste. The maturation period is 70-80 days. The fruits are spectacular, oval-rounded with ribs. Weight of fruits from 3 to 7 kg. The surface of the fruit is rough.
Ukrainian Heirloom Melon «Ethiopian»Mid-early, self-pollinated variety with excellent honey taste. The maturation period is 70-80 days. The fruits are spectacular, oval-rounded with ribs. Weight of fruits from 3 to 7 kg.
The surface of the fruit is rough, the mesh is coarse along the entire surface of the fruit, the background of the bark is golden yellow. Flesh white, thick, dense, juicy, very sweet. The taste qualities are high. Fruits of a good presentation, have high transportability. The variety is resistant to powdery mildew and is resistant to peronosporosis and melon horn.
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.