Fordhook Gem Melon
- Fruits grow to 2 lbs
- Flesh is green with netted skin
- Sweet flavor and highly productive
- 65-80 days
- New for 2021
- From the Collection
An outstanding variety! This green-fleshed, nutmeg-type melon matures early, produces prolifically, and packs a sweet, sublime flavor. Fruits are tapered at both ends with a lacy netting throughout, measure 6"" long by 5"" wide, and weigh two pounds. Rind blushes yellow when ripe, while green flesh has a salmon patina and a juicy, melting texture. Introduced by Burpee in 1967, ‘Fordhook Gem’ is derived from two historic varieties, ‘Netted Gem’ and ‘Extra Early Knight.’ Amy Goldman, author and Seed Savers Exchange member and advisor, shared this variety with SSE in 2018. Organic.
Learn to Grow Fordhook Gem Melon
Direct Seed: 1" Deep
Seeds to Hill: 6-8 Seeds
Thin: To 3-4 Plants
Light: Full Sun
Instructions- 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.