Melon, Bidwell Casaba
- Fruits grow to 14 inches and 16 pounds
- Juicy, orange flesh
- Excellent flavor
This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.
This melon hails from Chico, California where with was grown by John Bidwell (1819-1900). Bidwell was a Civil War General and U.S. Senator who procured his stock seed from the USDA in 1869.
Melons were developed and domesticated in Africa and Asia. Europeans settling in the Americas are recorded growing honeydew and casaba melons in the 17th century.
Learn to Grow it
This crop can be direct seeded into the soil after the last spring frost. You can also start plants indoors 3-6 weeks before the last frost date.
If you are direct seeding, plant in groups of 2-3 seeds and keep the healthiest plant that matures. Space your plants or seeds 12-18 inches apart and plant 1/2-1 in. deep.
Make sure that your soil is well fertilized as this crop is a heavy feeder and takes a lot of nutrients from the soil. Consider adding compost to the soil the year before you plant.
These plants prefer warm weather and soil so they should be grown when temperatures are over 68 degrees F. You should avoid watering them from above as damp leaves may be susceptible to disease.