70 days from transplant, 95 days from direct seeding. By pairing the best attributes of a galia and a cantaloupe, this melon is in a class by itself. Round 3 lb. fruits have a tight inner cavity with deep orange flesh that is sweet and juicy. Both size and appearance are extremely uniform with a concentrated set. Fruits are best picked when the background color is at the half green stage. This high yielding variety has Intermediate Resistance to Powdery Mildew (Gc: 1 & Px: 1, 2 & 5) and High Resistance to Fusarium Wilt races 0 - 2.
STARTING SEEDLINGS OUTDOORS
Melons need full sun, rich soil and warm temperatures. Plant only when weather is warm and settled and temperatures stay above 50° (10°C). In rows 4 feet apart, sow groups of 2 to 3 seeds every 2 feet. After germination, thin to the strongest seedling per group, so you end up with one plant every 2 feet. Or make slightly mounded hills, 2 feet in diameter and 5 feet apart, sowing 5 or 6 seeds in each hill. Thin to 3 strongest plants.
TO START EARLY INDOORS
Several weeks before last frost date, sow seeds in individual pots of seed starting mix. Keep warm and moist, and provide a strong light source until weather warms enough to transplant outdoors.
Amend soil well with aged manure or compost. Where summers are short or cool, lay down black plastic to retain heat, and plant into holes made in plastic. Where insects are a problem, cover seedlings with floating row covers to exclude them, removing when plants blossom. Keep young vines well watered and fed, tapering off water as fruits ripen up.
HARVEST AND USE
Pick when little melons are fully colored, fragrant and “slip” or pull easily from the vines. With their abundant fruits, small size and sweet, deep orange flesh, Sugar Cubes are true summer treats – the whole family will enjoy these delicious personal sized melons!
Seeding depth: 0.5 - 0.75 inches
Germination days: 5 - 10 days
Weeks indoor: 2 - 3 weeks
Maturation days: 70 days