Rockmelon 'Sweet Granite' (Organic)
An heirloom melon from 1966 donated to Seed Savers in the USA by Professor Elwyn Meader from the University of New Hampshire, this early to harvest rockmelon features that classic netted skin and firm, but flavoursome flesh. Early to harvest in just 12 weeks.
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.