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ROCKMELON Hales Best

Stock: 299 Available

Citrullus vulgaris

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Characteristics: Annual fruiting vine

Seed per packet: 15

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An early heirloom variety the ever popular Hales Best Rockmelon bears exceptional sweet freshy fruit to 1kg and good resistant to powdery mildew.

Higly recommended.

Adaptable to most good garden soils but prefers a humus rich soil with a generous amount of water in full sun.

Tropical climate: All Year Round
Temperate climate: Spring to Early Summer.
Cool climate: Mid-Spring to Early Summer.

Sow: 20mm deep
Plant space: 1m
Row Space: 1.5m
Germination: 6-10 days
Maturity: 15-20 weeks

Best sown direct early in the season. For earlier planting in cooler climates raise in pots in warm conditions and transplant after 3-4 weeks. Requires temperatures of around 18-20°C for germination. 
Sow in rows 40-60cm between plants and in rows 120cm apart
If sowing direct, plant 3-4 seeds 15mm deep in mounds, later thinning to the two strongest plants.
Plant in a free-draining soil in a position with full sun. 
For best results fertilise and keep well watered, keep soil moist and avoid overhead watering where possible. 
Harvest after 75-90 days when the stem turns brown and begins to break away from fruit.


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