Rockmelon 'Sharlyn' (Organic)
Sharlyn melons were popular during the 15th Century in Europe, and today, they have found favour with home gardeners as they were bred for flavour, not long term storage. As a winner of our taste test, we can fully endorse the deliciousness of this heirloom melon.
Melons (both watermelons and rockmelons) need to be sown in warm soil. Like pumpkins, they are best sown on mounds, 1m apart. Sow 3 or 4 seeds where you want one plant to grow, and remove the weaker plants once seed germinates. A sandy, well drained soil of pH 6 is ideal. While the vines are growing, they need plenty of water and nutrients, so good soil preparation is essential; however, once the fruit has set, too much water can lead to watery tasteless fruit. For large, lush melons, allow a maximum of 3 fruits per vine before pinching out the ends of the vines and allowing these fruit to develop.