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Queen Anne's Pocket Melon
Queen Anne's Pocket Melon
Queen Anne's Pocket Melon

Queen Anne's Pocket Melon

Cucurbitaceae

Regular price $4.45 Sale

Queen Anne's Pocket Melon (Cucumis melo) This tiny heirloom melon was brought to North America by a Portuguese general in the early 1700’s. It was very popular in the Victorian era where woman and men would carry these highly aromatic melons in their pockets to counteract body odour. It is also known as the 'Plum Granny Melon’, 'Dudaim Melon’ or 'King Charles Melon'. 2-3 inch round striped fruits mature in 70-75 days. Documented as a melon “beautifully striped with red and gold”.  – Bulletin, South Dakota & Journal Horticulture, Oct. 16, 1866. A prolific fruit producer on 5-6 ft vines. This melon was and still is grown primarily for its highly scented attributes and not its flavour. A nearly extinct and rare variety that needs to be preserved. Please save your seeds!

73 days to maturity

20 seeds per packet $4.45

Start indoors 3–4 weeks before last frost, plant out 2 weeks after last risk of frost. Direct sow 1-2 weeks after last frost date. Sow in rows or thin to 12 inches apart, 3-4 plants per mound