Updated on March 17, 2015

2015 Muskmelon, Watermelon, and Citron
(Squash Family)

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2015 Muskmelon

(41 varieties available)

Muskmelon culture:  Plant after danger of frost is past or start indoors 2 weeks prior and set out under cover. We use row cover to prevent insect damage when young. Leave row cover on until flowering begins. We plant 2 to 4 plants in a hill every 6 feet. Packets contain 15 to 30 seeds.

Amarillo Oro:  100 days.  (Other Melons) Winter type canary melon, golden, oblong fruit, sweet, creamy white flesh, 4 to 6.5 pounds. Dates to pre-1870. Pkt. $2.00; 1 oz. $7.00

Ananas:  85 days.  (Other Melons) Oblong, 5 pound fruits, greenish rind maturing yellow-orange, no ribbing, faint net. Flesh is creamy yellow, soft, juicy and sweet. Pre-1900 variety. Pkt. $2.00; 1 oz. $7.00

Anne Arundel:  83 days.  (Green Fleshed) Bright green flesh, slightly orange near the center. Very sweet and tasty. Pre-1800 Maryland heirloom. Pkt. $2.00

Ashkahabad:  80 days.  (Other Melon) Golden rind, green fleshed, honeydew, 4 to 6 pounds. Holds well after picking. Pkt. $2.00 OG

Bursa Turque:  98 days.  (Other Melon) Santa Claus type melon, deep yellow with dark, pine green spots, very wrinkled. Pale green, mild flavored flesh, 8 to 10 pounds. Does best when ripened in dry, hot weather. Pkt. $2.00

Charentais:  80 days.  (Orange Fleshed) True cantaloupe, smooth, light green, thin rind, extremely fragrant, grapefruit sized fruits, 1 to 2 pounds. When ripened during warm, dry weather the fruits are so strong flavored you can smell them several hundred feet away in the garden as they get ripe. Pkt. $2.25

Cochiti Indian Mix:  80 days.  (Other Melon) A true mix of flesh colors and skin types. Fruits average 4 to 8 pounds and are best flavored in dry weather. Pkt. $2.00 OG

Cochiti Pueblo:  90 days.  (Orange Fleshed) Not very netted, oblong to football shaped, irregularly-shaped melons that can get very large if grown under proper conditions. I picked a 22 pound fruit in 1988 from this variety. Flesh quality is average and flesh is a medium orange color. Pkt. $3.00 OG

Crane:  80 days.  (Orange Fleshed) Crenshaw type, speckled skin, minimal netting, very fragrant, deliciously mild, sweet flavor, 6 to 7 pounds. Pkt. $2.00

Crane (Organic): . 80 days.  (Orange Fleshed) Same description as above. Pkt. $2.50 OG (Please specify Organic seed).

Edens Gem:  80 days.  (Green Fleshed) Small, baseball sized, heavy producer of 1 pound netted fruits with green flesh. Pkt. $2.00 OG

Far North:  60 days.  (Orange Fleshed) Small slightly netted fruit that will ripen well in cool conditions. Pkt. $3.00 OG

Golden Gopher:  85 days.  (Orange Fleshed) Not heavily netted, orange flesh with good resistance to fusarium, developed by the University of Minnesota in the 1930's. Fruits tend to pop open when ripe. Pkt. $2.00 OG

Golden Sweet:  80 days.  (Oriental Melon) Crisp white flesh; golden yellow skin. Everyone who has a taste for melons should grow one of these crisp-fleshed types. They are the size of a peach. I eat the skin and all the way to the center seed cavity. Others may choose to peel them. They make a great addition to a fruit salad. Pkt. $3.00 OG

Granite State:  83 days.  (Orange Fleshed) 3 to 4 pound lightly netted fruits with deep orange flesh. Pkt. $1.50

Greely Wonder:  80 days.  (Orange Fleshed) Large, semi-netted fruit, super sweet. Fruits average 5 to 7 lbs. Pkt. $2.25 OG

Green Nutmeg:  75 days.  (Green Fleshed) Dates from the mid-1800's. Melons average 2 to 3 lbs and always seem to grow and taste better in cooler conditions. Tasted great when I lived in northern Idaho, just average tasting here in the Midwest. Pkt. $1.75 OG

Ha-Ogen:  85 days.  (Green Fleshed) Beautiful and super tasty. Fruits are yellowish with green ribbing and minimal netting, 2 to 3 pounds. Flesh tastes almost spicy. Pkt. $2.50 OG

Hollybrook Luscious:  90 days.  (Orange Fleshed) First introduced in 1905. Dark green, oblong melons that ripen yellow/green. Average 8 to 10 pounds. Flesh is pale orange, aromatic, thick and sweet. Pkt. $2.00

Honey Rock:  85 days.  (Orange Fleshed) Small, 2 to 3 pounds, heavy netted. Flavor superb in most all conditions. Pkt. $1.50

Kangold:  75 days.  (Orange Fleshed) Heavy, netted, grapefruit sized melon, orange, thick flesh. This year proved why it was our friend, Gail's, choice to save for the future. Planted July 3, we were amazed with an abundance of ripe fruit in September that held well and had a strong, superb flavor. Pkt. $2.75 OG

Kansas:  90 days.  (Orange Fleshed) An heirloom from Kansas. Vigorous vines, great yields of 4 pound, ridged, netted fruit. Pkt. $1.50

Kazakh:  75 days.  (Other Melon) Sometime in the late 1960's I first spotted this variety in Gurney's catalog. I was living in the melon free area of Idaho where it was too cold, but I tried anyhow and came close to a ripe fruit more than once. While living near Lewiston, ID, during college I got some nice fruit. I came to IA and struggled as it was not liking the insects and diseases. My seed supply kept dwindling until nearly lost. I sent some to my friend, Tom Knoche, in Ohio. He had a good crop and returned some seed back. Again, I tried pampering it and giving it great soil and fertilizer and still would lose the plant. With inheriting Tom's collection, I found more seed and decided to give it one more try and planted it on our most rugged isolation garden - one that is no soil (by most standards) but 100% sand. There was no water or way to do so and low fertility. It got ignored. We had subnormal rainfall, but were blessed with the best tasting honeydew type fruit ever. I was afraid I was being a bit biased since I had struggled for close to 30 years that I took some to work and my co-workers raved about the crisp, refreshing, taste and texture. I guess it was getting too good of care and is one of those that thrives in the less than ideal. Pkt. $2.50 OG

Minnesota Midget:  70 days.  (Orange Fleshed) Small, shallow ribbed fruits that ripen 1 to 2 pounds and are very tasty. Pkt. $1.50

Oka:  80 days.  (Orange Fleshed) Large, 4 to 6 pounds, netted melon, flattened in shape, aromatic, sweet flesh, developed in 1912 in Quebec. Originally a cross between Banana and Montreal Market. Our friend, Tom Bruning, in western IA grew our seed crop for us this year and pronounced this melon the "best ever" even better than his favorite Spear. He could not believe how it kept producing and producing mouth watering, juicy, full flavored fruits. Pkt. $1.75

Old Time Tennessee:  90 days.  (Orange Fleshed) Late and very large. This is a huge melon that is deeply creased, oblong, football shaped, does not store long. Planted this year on July 3, it ripened in late September with many 15+ pound fruits. Pkt. $2.25 OG

Old West Virginia Heirloom:  85 days.  (Orange Fleshed) Lightly netted, very productive, superb flavor, medium size, 3 to 5 pound fruits. Flesh is a bright orange. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2015)

Orange Blush:  85 days.  (Other Melon) Honeydew type. Gets a faint orange tint to the white skin when it is ripe. Very flavorful, 3 to 5 pounds. Pkt. $2.50

Oregon Delicious:  83 days.  (Orange Fleshed) Good yields, flavorful, semi-football shaped, orange flesh. Pkt. $2.00 OG

Petit Gris De Rennes:  80 days.  (Orange Fleshed) Beautiful greenish-gold, net free skin when ripe. Flesh is orange and very sweet. Pkt. $2.00

Piel de Sapo:  100 days.  (Other Melon) Originally from Spain. Oval, mottled green with yellow skinned fruit, average 5 to 7 pounds, flesh is sweet, pale green to white with a very hard rind. It's always fun to uncover one of these hidden treasures in the weeds way after the melon season has passed. When properly cared for and brought in prior to frost, they will keep in excellent condition in the basement for several months. Pkt. $2.25

Pollock Rocky Ford:  85 days.  (Orange Fleshed) A superb melon, orange flesh, 1 to 2 pounds, not overly large but delightfully sweet. Pkt. $2.00

Pride of Wisconsin:  85 days.  (Orange Fleshed) Faint ribs, coarse net, thick orange flesh, hard shell, 3 to 5 pounds. Does well in heavy soils. Consistently performs well despite the weather. Pkt. $2.00

Sakata's Sweet:  75 days.  (Oriental Melon) Similar to Golden Sweet. Crisp flesh, bright yellow skin, superb taste, about the size of a large apple. May eat skin and all. Pkt. $2.00

Schoon's Hardshell:  85 days.  (Orange Fleshed) Thicker rind, holds well, ships well, 5 to 8 pounds, highly flavored orange flesh. Pkt. $1.75

Spear:  85 days.  (Orange Fleshed) Large 4 to 6 pounds, football shaped melons, superb tasting orange flesh. Pkt. $1.50

Sugar Salmon:  75 days.  (Orange Fleshed) Very sweet, netted, orange flesh melon 3 to 5 pounds. Tolerates most diseases quite well. Pkt. $2.50 OG

Susan Healy:  80 days.  (Orange Fleshed) A selection made by the Healy family of Healy's Pride. Healy's Pride is very late. Susan Healy is just as flavorful but earlier, 3 to 5 pounds, sweet and tasty. Pkt. $2.00

Tendral Verde Tardif:  90 days.  (Other Melon) Dark green, wrinkled rind, pale creamy flesh that is very sweet, good keeping quality, 3 to 5 pounds. Pkt. $2.00

Turbeville:  80 days.  (Orange Fleshed) Slightly netted, semi-football shape, orange fleshed melons, 2 to 4 pounds. Historic variety. Pkt. $1.50

Turkey:  90 days.  (Orange Fleshed) A very old, Southern variety that is an elongated blimp shape. Fruits average 8 to 12 pounds, though can get much larger, orange flesh. Pkt. $2.00 OG

Wapsi Wonder (Organic):  75 days.  (Orange Fleshed) When I first moved to Iowa I struggled to raise melons as the Cucumber Beetles seemed to spread disease. I'd had loads of young fruit only to see it all perish. My collection of over 100 varieties was in trouble. While I was learning how to deal with these new conditions, I got in the habit of saving seed from the tastiest fruits that survived. The past few years I've stabilized the selection to this melon. It handles our sand well, can be planted as late as July 10 and still make tasty melons in September. Fruits are smallish - 2 pounds at best - somewhat netted and orange fleshed. I cannot certify it to be wilt tolerant, but sure handles it well here. Introduced by Sand Hill Preservation Center in 2011. Pkt. $3.00 OG (Please specify organic)

Wapsi Wonder:  (Orange Fleshed) Same description as above. Pkt. $2.50

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2015 Watermelon

(45 varieties to choose from)

Watermelon culture:  Unless otherwise noted, all packets contain 15 to 20 seeds. Plant after danger of frost is past or start indoors 2 weeks prior and set out. We recommend covering young plants with milk jugs for a week or so. Most varieties do best if you have a hill of 3 plants every 6 to 8 feet. Blacktail Mountain can be planted closer.

Blackstone:  85 days.  Dark green. Thick rind suitable for pickles, red flesh. Our biggest in 2010 was 48 pounds. Pkt. $2.00 OG

Blacktail Mountain:  76 days.  My own development, created while I lived in northern Idaho, a location which has cool 35 to 45 degree nights and short seasons. The fruit is dark green with very faint stripes, flesh is an orange red similar to Sugar Baby. Continuously, it is my earliest type in over 100 varieties grown each season. Fruit averages 6 to 10 pounds. Our son, Cory, and family moved to a new home in mid-July, 2013 and he wanted to plant a garden. He stuck in some Blacktail Mountain seed on July 18 and was rewarded in late September with an abundance of nice sized ripe melons. 1 Pkt $1.75; 2 Pkts./$3.00 OG

Cannonball:  90 days.  Round in shape as the name implies, solid dark green rind with red flesh, 15 to 20 pounds. Does exceptionally well in drought conditions. Pkt. $2.00 OG

Charleston Gray 133:  90 days.  Long, pale green selection of Charleston Gray, fruits have a pink red flesh. Flesh is firm, sweet and very tasty, 15 to 20 pounds. Don't dismiss this one just because the flesh isn't a dark red. Pkt. $1.50

Cherokee Moon and Stars:  90 days.  A nice 30 to 40 pound, dark green rind with the yellow spotted foliage and fruit. This strain has nice red flesh and is crisp and tasty. Pkt. $2.00

Cole's Early:  80 days.  Small, 9 to 10 pounds, striped melon, high yields on medium length vines, red fleshed. Flesh is not of the highest quality. Excellent for watermelon rind pickles. Pkt. $2.00

Colorado Striped Tarahumara:  95 days.  Green rind with broad dark green stripes, oblong shape, orange-pink-yellow flesh varying with the closeness to the rind, 3 to 5 pounds. The melons are rather seedy. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2015)

Cream of Saskatchewan:  82 days.  A small 4 to 8 pound striped melon with a very thin rind that has a white sweet flesh. It is very sweet and tasty. Pkt. $2.00 OG

C. S. White Flesh:  85 days.  A superb melon of dark green rind with sweet, cream colored flesh. Excellent quality. Selected by Curtis Showell in 1980. Pkt. $2.50 OG

Desert King:  90 days.  Unique, pale green skin and light yellow flesh with dark seeds. Pkt. $2.00

Early Arizona:  83 days.  Dark green skin, red very sweet flesh, 8 to 10 pounds. Originally obtained from the Tilling Haste Seed Company in WA in the early 1980's. Pkt. $1.75 OG

Early Jumbo:  82 days.  10 to 15 pound, darkish green, slightly striped melon, deep red flesh with white seeds. Pkt. $1.75

Early Midget:  80 days.  A small, grey-green, faint striped melon with large black seeds, 3 pounds. Pkt. $2.50 OG (Limit 1 Pkt.)

Early Yates:  83 days.  Grey-green rind, round in shape, pink red flesh, 8 to 12 pounds in size. Pkt. $2.00 OG (Limit 1 Pkt.)

Fairfax:  90 days.  Long pale green rind with wavy dark green stripes. Up to 40 pound melons have a pale pink-red flesh. Did splendid in 2014 in poor soil and a poor year. 1 Pkt. $1.50 OG

Garrison:  85 days.  A refined version of Garrisonian and Georgia Rattlesnake. Long, striped melons, red flesh, 20 to 25 pounds. Did very well in 2012 - both yield and quality. Pkt. $2.00

Golden Midget:  80 days.  Small fruits turn yellow when ripe, 3 pounds. Rather seedy, but valuable genes here for future breeding programs. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2015)

Halbert's Honey:  88 days.  One of my early friends in the seed saving world was Virgil Johnson who always claimed this was the best. We are finally able to offer this dark green rind, oblong melon with very sweet crisp, pink/red flesh and white seeds. Fruits average 20 to 30 pounds. Pkt. $2.00

Harris Earliest:  83 days.  Light green skin, 10 to 15 pound fruits with pink/red flesh. Fruits hold their quality well. Pkt. $2.00

Honey Cream:  85 days.  Light green with darker green stripe, round melons with yellow/orange flesh, 8 to 10 pounds. Pkt. $2.00

Honey Island:  83 days.  Thanks to Richard Wolfe for helping increase this and for helping us to keep this going. Richard contacted us looking for seed at one of those times when we were swamped and this one was perishing in the collection. I sent him seed and he perpetuated it and sent us back a new, larger fresh seed sample for us to increase and we are now ready to get it circulated it again. This was last offered commercially in 1987. A nice icebox sized melon that has bright lemon yellow flesh and a dark green rind with faint stripes. Pkt. $2.25 OG

Ironsides:  90 days.  Large Black Diamond type, oblong dark green rind, released by the USDA in 1950 as fusarium resistant variety. Fruit can get up to 40 pounds. Pkt. $2.00 OG (Limit 1 Pkt.)

Jubilee:  90 days.  Oblong, striped fruit, 30 to 40 pounds, red fleshed. Pkt. $1.50

Karpas Greek:  100 days.  Semi-oblong in shape. Rind is a blend of medium green with dark green stripes, deep red flesh, 15 pounds. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2015)

King Winter:  86 days.  Larger of the two keeping types. Fruits are typically in the 10 to 15 pound range, skin is greenish white with faint streaks. Fruit, when picked just before peak ripeness, will ripen gradually and keep for three months when stored in a cool location. Pkt. $2.00

Ledmon:  85 days.  An excellent melon with superb flavor, 15 to 20 pounds. Rind is extremely thin so it does not ship well. Flesh is a pinkish-red color. Has a very long history that you may inquire about if interested. Pkt. $2.50

Long Moon and Stars:  95 days.  Late season selection of Moon and Stars that I selected for some years ago. Fruits are long and grow slowly and ripen late. Pale red flesh, 20 to 25 pounds. Pkt. $2.00; 1 oz./$10.00

Luscious Golden:  85 days.  Deep green rind with golden orange flesh, 10 to 15 pounds. Very good quality, long in shape. Pkt. $1.75

New Hampshire Midget:  76 days.  Small vines, very productive with pale green, slightly striped fruits about the size of your hand, pale red flesh. Rind is very thin, quality is good when picked young. Overripe it is of low quality. This variety nearly became extinct as all commercial suppliers suddenly stopped carrying it in the early 1990's. Pkt. $2.50 OG

Orangeglo:  85 days.  Superb tasting. Oblong striped melon with super sweet orange flesh. Fruit averages 15 pounds. Pkt. $2.50

Orange Flesh Tendersweet:  90 days.  Medium, light green rind with dark green stripes, deep orange flesh, white seeded, 35 to 45 pound melons. Pkt. $1.50

Petite Yellow:  80 days.  Small, mottled, striped, small seeds, yellow fleshed. Very tasty. Pkt. $1.75

Pride of Iowa (a.k.a. Iopride):  95 days.  Dark green skin with darker green stripes, pink red flesh, tan seeds. Pkt. $2.50 (Limit 1 Pkt.)

Royal Golden:  85 days.  The perfect melon for those who want to be sure to know how to pick a ripe melon. Melons turn bright yellow to light orange (skin) when they are ripe. Flesh is red, tender and sweet. Fruits weigh 10 to 15 pounds. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2015)

Sand Mountain Sunshine:  82 days.  Gary Glover of AL sent us this sure fire hit with melon lovers. Planted July 3 this year it roared to heavy vine production and fruit production with lots of 15 to 20 pound blocky, oblong fruits. Medium green fruits with slight striping. Flesh is incredibly refreshing, pale yellow, not intensely sweet but each leaves you wanting more. I find it very similar to Orangeglo. Pkt. $2.25 OG

Scaley Bark:  90 days.  Mottled green, thick rind, medium red flesh, very old history. Pkt. $2.00

Spotted:  85 days.  Slight faint light colored spots, not like a Moon and Stars with bright yellow - these are more subtle. A very heavy producer, an old heirloom variety, flesh is a uniform red color. Pkt. $2.00

Striped Georgia Giant:  100 days.  Light green with dark green stripes, pink red flesh, 30 to 50 pounds. Pkt. $2.00 OG

Sweet Siberian:  85 days.  Elliptical shaped, medium dark green rind. Fruits are 4 to 6 pounds with apricot orange flesh. (An old Oscar Will variety). Pkt. $1.75 OG

Texas Giant:  94 days.  A large dark green thick rind, red flesh, Black Diamond type, 40 to 50 pounds. Pkt. $1.50

Texas Pink:  87 days.  Striped melon, 16 to 20 pounds, variable in shape and quality, what I call a turkey melon. High yields of less than peak fruits but animals love it. Pkt. $2.00 OG

Wibb:  85 days.  A superb type that has very deep red flesh. Fruits average 10 to 12 lbs. Those who feel watermelon has to be deep red will like this one. Pkt. $2.00 OG

Wills Sugar:  90 days.  Round, medium green skin, pale red flesh, 10 to 14 pounds. (An old Oscar Will variety) Pkt. $1.50

Wilson Sweet:  85 days.  A uniquely colored melon that we are pleased to offer again to the public after many years of being out of circulation. We were thrilled when a customer sent us a sample of this variety which I'd only seen a picture of in a 1961 seed catalog. The rind is somewhat mottled in appearance giving it excellent sunburn resistance. The 10 to 20 pound melons have solid, firm, super sweet red flesh. Pkt. $2.25 OG

Wintermelon:  83 days.  Another keeping watermelon, fruits are very similar to King Winter with the pale greenish/white skin color and pale pink flesh. While tasty and a super treat in mid-winter, they are very seedy. They need to be picked just prior to complete ripeness and carefully wiped off to remove surface fungi. Sometimes a mild bleach solution works well. Place them where they are not touching each other in a cool storage area where it is around 50 deg. F. When I was in dryer Idaho, I could pick them in mid-October and still have nice melons in mid-February. There are more fungi and humidity here in Iowa so I usually can't get past early January from a mid-October picking. Pkt. $2.25 OG

Wondermelon:  93 days.  Oblong, dark green, 25 to 40 pound melons, white seeded with pink red flesh. Pkt. $2.00 OG (Limit 1 Pkt.)

Yellow Fleshed Moon and Stars:  90 days.  A fabulous moon and stars type. Oblong melons weigh 30 to 40 pounds and have a pale yellow flesh. Yields are high and quality stays up for a long time. Pkt. $2.00

Yellow Sugar Lump:  85 days.  Small striped fruit, 6 to 8 pounds. Pale lemon yellow flesh. Thin rind. Pkt. $2.50 OG

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2015 Citron Melon (Watermelon)

Citron melon notes:  Really a watermelon, but used differently. The flesh is pale yellow-white and is used to make a product used in fruit cake, etc. Packet will contain 15 to 25 seeds.

A Confire A Graine Verte:  100 days.  A green seeded type, averaging 10 to 15 pounds. Pkt. $2.00 OG

D'Espagne a Confiture:  100 days.  A red seeded type, averaging 10 to 15 pounds. Pkt. $2.00 OG

Mixed Citron:  Mixture of red and green seeded types plus several other strains. Pkt. $2.00 OG

Red Seed Citron:  90 days  Great for candied citron. Pkt. $2.50 OG

Citron Melon Recipe:  Peel and seed enough citron melon to make 2 quarts of 1/2 inch cubes. In a six quart non-aluminum pot (I use one with a strainer insert.), bring 1 1/2 cups of sugar and 3 cups of water to a boil. Then add the 2 quarts of melon cubes and cook for 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand overnight. Drain and reserve 1 cup of liquid. Pour the 1 cup of liquid back into the same pot and add 1 1/2 cups sugar and the juice of one citrus fruit of your choosing (lemon, orange, or lime) plus some of the grated rind of the fruit you choose. (Do not use too much rind or it will be bitter.) Bring this mixture to a boil and then add the cooked melon pieces back into the boiling mixture. Cook until most of the liquid is absorbed stirring frequently to keep the mixture from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Drain off the remaining liquid in a strainer. Roll the pieces of cooked citron melon in granulated sugar. Lay the pieces out on waxed paper lined cookie sheet and allow to air dry. The drying process can take several days. Turning the pieces occasionally will help them to dry quicker and more evenly. When pieces are dry store in air-tight container in the refrigerator. May be used in fruit cookies, fruit cake, sweet breads, muffins, etc.

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