Botanical Name: Cucumis melo (hybrid)
Days to Maturity: 60–70 days
Native: East Africa
Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual
Plant Dimensions: 4’–5′ sprawling vines
Variety Information: 4–6 lb. oval melons with shiny, smooth yellow skin and ivory-green flesh. Seed cavity has a salmon-orange color. ‘Tweety’ is a hybrid, canary melon. Plants are resistant to Fusarium wilt, gummy stem blight, and Alternaria.
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is 70°–90°F.
When to Start Inside: Recommended for short-season areas. 2 to 4 weeks before transplanting within 2 weeks after your average last frost date. Sow into biodegradable pots that can be directly planted in the ground; roots are sensitive to disturbance.
Days to Emerge: 5–10 days
Seed Depth: ½”
Seed Spacing: 2–3 seeds per mound
Row Spacing: 4’–6′ apart
Thinning: When 3″ tall, thin to 2–3 plants per mound.
Harvesting: Harvesting at the right time is very important with melons. Fruits should be picked when fully ripe. Commercial growers harvest before melons are ripe, forcing them to ripen off the vine. However, the last few days of ripening on the vine put a lot of sugars into the melon; bottom line is that melons taste significantly better when vine ripened. How do you know when melons are ripe? Canary melons should be firm, smooth to the touch, and have bright yellow color with no hint of green. The stem area should be slightly soft, and fruit will have a delicate scent. Fruits may ripen off the vine a little, but never develop peak flavor if harvested too early.