An elongated, oversized, bright yellow Canary melon has pale green to white inner flesh. This variety of winter melon has a sweet taste that is slightly spicier than honey melon. When the peel is ripe, it becomes somewhat waxy, and the flesh resembles a soft and ripe pear. The bright yellow Сanary melon is similar to the canary, hence the nickname. It is widely distributed in Japan, South Korea, Algeria, and Morocco.
How to grow Canary Melon from seeds:Sowing:
- Place two melon seeds each in a 3-inch pot of compost and water well.
- Place the pоts in a propagator at 18°C (65°F) in a well-lit area.
- When the seedlings germinate, pull out the weaker ones.
- When the seedlings put out their first true leaves, the temperature in the propagator should be 15°C (59°F).
Growing of Canary Melon: You should plant the seedlings in late spring or early summer. To do this, pinch the main growth point to two or three buds for stimulates the development of side shoots. Seedlings, and then a mature plant, need support you can give by using a bamboo cane to support the main stem. Provide plants with moderate watering and liquid feeding to encourage vigorous growth once a week. The melon grows considerably, so pinch-off side shoots weekly after three or four leaves. Male and female melon flowers differ significantly. The fruit of the female flower develops behind the flower itself, while the male flower produces a thin stem. The fruit develops after pollination, but they resort to a manual method in greenhouses. First, identify the female and male flowers, then wait for a warm day for the flowers to fully open. Then remove the petals from the male flower, exposing the inside of the flower where the pоllen is produced. Gently move the male flоwer into the fully open female flower to transfer the pollen from the male anthers to the female pistils.
How and When to Harvest Canary Melon: Harvest ripe Canary melons when the skin is bright yellow with no blemishes. Once harvested, the melons will continue to ripen, making them even softer and sweeter. The flesh of the Canarian melons is whitish, and around the seed cavity is peach-pink. Fourteen days after harvest, the skin will slightly wrinkle, indicating that the melon is very ripe and juicy.
Canary Melon's Seed Saving: Take out the seeds and clean them from the pulp. Then lay them out on absorbent paper towels and let them dry overnight. You can lightly dry them with a hairdryer at a low temperature to speed up the drying process.
Use an airtight jar or plastic bag with a zipper for long-term storage. Such storage methods are suitable because you can immediately eliminate them with high humidity. Add a pаcket of silica gel to the seed jar to seal out any unwanted moisture and keep mold from growing. Transparent silica gel is packaged with many food and non-food products labeled "do not eat." You can store melon seeds for up to 3 years. However, it is essential to consider that viability decreases exponentially.
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
Maturity 80 – 120 Days
Fruit Weight 3.5 – 6 pounds