Diplomat

Quick Facts:

    • Rich, almost tropical aroma and taste
    • Almost round, with fine netting
    • 2.2-2.8kg (5-6lbs) fruits on a strong vine
    • Hybrid seeds
    • Matures in 80 days

Diplomat

Description:

What a wonderful flavour! The thick, pale green flesh of this Galia-type melon has a rich, almost tropical aroma and taste. Diplomat Honeydew is tolerant to powdery mildew as well. Fruits from Diplomat honeydew seeds are almost round, with fine netting and weigh about 2.2-2.8kg (5-6lbs) on a strong vine. Trellis these vines or let them sprawl on the ground. The Large Cucumber Trellis would work well for Diplomat. Grow in full sun, and do everything you can to increase heat around the plants. Black plastic mulch works well, building and trapping solar energy in the soil for warmer roots and less evaporation.

Matures in 75-80 days. (Hybrid seeds)

Size: SKU: Price: Availability: Quantity: Total:
0.5g (approx. 30 seeds) ML514A $4.99 Unavailable  
3.5g (approx. 210 seeds) ML514B $24.99 Unavailable  
14g (approx. 840 seeds) ML514C $74.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
100g (approx. 6000 seeds) ML514D $329.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
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Quick Facts:

    • Rich, almost tropical aroma and taste
    • Almost round, with fine netting
    • 2.2-2.8kg (5-6lbs) fruits on a strong vine
    • Hybrid seeds
    • Matures in 80 days

How To Grow

In the home garden, melons can be picked at full maturity, when they have the highest sugar content and best flavour. Their roots are delicate and require high nutrition and lots of water. For all that effort, you’ll be rewarded by the ripest, sweetest melons you’ve ever tasted. Continue reading below to learn how to grow melons from seed.

Latin
Cantaloupes (musk melons) & Honeydews: Cucurbita melo
Watermelons: Citrullus lanatus
Family: Cucurbitaceae

Difficulty
Easy in a greenhouse or cloche, or outdoors in long, warm summers. Somewhat challenging without these conditions.

Season & Zone
Season: Warm season
Exposure: Full-sun

Timing
It is essential to start seeds indoors or in a greenhouse 4-6 weeks after the last frost date. Transplant when the plants are 5 weeks old. Optimal soil temperature for germination: 20-25°C (68-77°F). Seeds should sprout in 5-10 days.

Starting
Sow seeds 1cm (½”) deep. Set transplants 60-90cm (24-36″) apart in rows 1.5-2m (5-6′) apart.

Days to Maturity: From transplant date.

Growing
Ideal pH: 6.0-6.8. Choose a warm, well-drained soil. Add dolomite lime and compost or well-rotted manure to the bed and ½-1 cup of balanced organic fertilizer beneath each transplant. Melons need warm growing conditions. Use black plastic mulch, cloches, or floating row covers. Success may improve in raised beds. Melons plants require 8-10 weeks of good, hot growing weather from the middle of June to the end of August. During that time, a melon vine must grow 5-9 leaves before starting to flower, then set 4 or more male flowers before making its first female flower, and then ripen its fruit before cool, damp weather sets in. Melons do not ripen off the vine. During the entire growing season, make sure to provide ample water.

Harvest
Fruit will ripen in late August to early September. Ripe cantaloupe will easily detach from the vine when light finger pressure is applied to the stem. Watermelon is ripe when the tendril nearest to the fruit withers and dries up.

Seed Info
In ideal conditions at least 60% of seeds will germinate. Usual seed life: 3 years. Per 100′ row: 60 seeds, per acre: 5.2M seeds.

Companion Planting
Melons are great companions for corn, marigolds, nasturtiums, pumpkin, radish, squash, and sunflowers. Avoid planting near potatoes. Melon leaves are full of calcium, so they’re good for the compost heap.

More on Companion Planting.