(Cucumis melo) This melon hails from Chico, California. Grown by
John Bidwell (1819-1900), a Civil War General and
U.S. Senator who procured his stock seed from the
USDA in 1869. Amy Goldman, author of Melons for
the Passionate Grower, says the flesh “tastes like
heavenly orange sherbet.” An enormous melon—14"
long by 9" wide and weighing 16 pounds. So big you
won’t believe it’s real! 90-95 days.
SEEDS TO HILL
To 3-4 Plants
Green Thumb Tip Melons love heat. Sow seeds outdoors in 12"
diameter hills after danger of frost has passed
and soil has warmed. Space hills 6' apart in all
directions. Seeds will germinate in 4-10 days. Can
also be started indoors 2-3 weeks before last frost. ± 530
Melon, Bidwell Casaba
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