This is one of our all-time favorites, being very sweet and rich tasting. Banana melon has smooth yellow skin and sweet, salmon-colored flesh. Grows to 16 to 24 inches long, 5 to 10 pounds. It was listed in 1885 by J. H. Gregory’s Catalog, which said “When ripe it reminds one of a large, overgrown banana… It smells like one, having a remarkably powerful and delicious fragrance.” (90 days)
Each packet contains approximately 25 seeds.
Plants need fertile soil and abundant heat to reach perfection. Sow in place about two weeks after last frost. Plant seed about one inch deep, 12 inches apart, in rows 5 feet apart. May also plant in hills, 4 to 5 seeds per hill, with hills about 5 feet apart.
In short-season climates, grow transplants indoors, starting 1 week before last frost date and set out about 2 to 3 weeks after sowing; never let transplants become root-bound in their container.