Large melon variety Imperial 45 Cantaloupe Melons are well suited for growing in hot and humid climates. Sweet dark orange juicy melon reaches a weight of 10 pounds or more. Imperial 45 takes 80 to 90 days to fully mature.

 

How to grow Imperial 45 Cantaloupe Melons:

Sowing
  1. Plant the melons when soil temperatures are in the 70-80 degree F range. If planting indoors, squeeze the seeds 2-4 weeks before transplanting to prevent the plants from becoming too large.
  2. Sow a few seeds 1/2" deep in a peat pot, water, and wait to germinate at 75 degrees F. Keep the most hardy plant in each pot.
  3. Harden off the plants a week before transplanting by exposing them outside, then transplant them into hills 4-6' apart with 2-3 plants per hill.
For companion planting benefits, plant melons near corn but not potatoes.
Growing of Imperial 45 Cantaloupe Melons: You should use black plastic to warm up the soil in cool climates. A layer of mulch will keep the necessary moisture and purity of the crop and remove excess weeds. After midsummer, pinch off flowers and smaller fruits to direct all energy to larger fruits; smаller fruits will not have time to ripen before frost and do not represent a significant loss. Imperial 45 Cantaloupe is known for resisting wilt.
How and When to Harvest Imperial 45 Cantaloupe Melons: The melon becomes slightly golden and fragrant when ripe. Also, a clear sign will be the ease with which the stem comes off; the tip of the flower should be slightly soft. Melon keeps for several weeks in a cool place.
Imperial 45 Cantaloupe Melon's Seed Saving: Keep in mind that for the seed clean, be aware that melons tend to cross-pollinate with other melon varieties, but not with watermelons, cucumbers, or squash. Therefore, collect seeds only from mature melons. Place the sеeds in a water bowl, then drain the water and floating seeds. Rinse them well, then lay them out to dry completely. Store them in a cool, dry place for up to five years.

FAST FACTS:


Latin Name: Cucumis melo
Plant height: 1 to 1 ½ ft tall, 3 to 10 ft vines
Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Warm Season
USDA Zоnes: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Seeds per Ounce: 1,000
Planting Method: Direct Sow
Sunlight: Full Sun
Color: Orange

 

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