Package of Johnny's Selected Seeds
Package of Johnny's Selected Seeds

Disease Resistance:

F3

Fusarium Wilt (Races 0,1, & 2)

PM

Powdery Mildew

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Easy Choice

Easy Choice

Variety is easy-to-grow.

Johnny's Exclusive/Specialty

Johnny's Exclusive/Specialty

At Johnny's, we have trialed seed and products from around the world. After confirming that they meet our superior quality standards, we have chosen to offer many unique varieties that are now only available from Johnny's. These are Johnny's Exclusives/Specialties.

Sarah's Choice (F1)
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Sarah's Choice (F1)

2784

Product ID: 2784

Our most flavorful cantaloupe.

Sarah's Choice's sweet and juicy flesh has consistently been a winner in our trials. Its flavor, combined with its attractive oval fruits and ideal 3-lb. size, make it the best variety for retail sales. Intermediate resistance to fusarium wilt races 0, 1, and 2; and powdery mildew. Bred by Brent Loy, Univ. of NH, and offered exclusively by Johnny's. Avg. 16,000 seeds/lb. Packet: 30 seeds.

Product Price Qty
2784Packet  $3.95 
2784100 Seeds  $10.30 
2784250 Seeds  $18.40 
2784500 Seeds  $34.85 
27841,000 Seeds  $59.00 
27845,000 Seeds  $255.20 
278410,000 Seeds  $472.10 

Quick Facts

Days to Maturity or Bloom:   76

Plant Cycle:   (A)  

Product Symbols:

Easy Choice   Johnny's Exclusive/Specialty  

Disease Resistance Codes:

F3   PM  

Shipping Information & Notes

Eva Littlefield

Staff Select

Sarah's Choice Melon

"Sweet, juicy flesh melts in your mouth. By far the best melon I've ever grown."

Eva Littlefield

Commercial Sales

Growing Information

Melons



CULTURE: A light, well drained soil with a pH of 7.0 and a southern exposure is ideal. Good soil moisture is important in early stages of growth and during pollination when fruits are setting. After this point do not water unless the soil is very dry and leaves begin to show signs of wilting in midday.
TRANSPLANTING:
Sow indoors in 50 cell plug trays or 2-3" peat pots in late April or one month (no sooner!) before transplanting outdoors. Plant 3 seeds per cell or pot, about 1/4" deep. Keep temperature 80-90°F (27-32°C) until germination. Handle young plants carefully and never let the soil dry out. Grow seedlings at 75°F (24°C). Reduce water and temperature for a week to harden seedlings. When the weather is frost-free, warm, and settled, transplant 2-3' apart in rows 6' apart or thin to 1 plant/pot or cell with scissors and transplant 18" apart. Even hardened melon seedlings are tender! Do not disturb roots when transplanting, and water thoroughly.
DIRECT SEEDING:
Sow 1-2 weeks after last frost when soil is warm, above 70°F (21°C), 3 seeds every 18", 1/2" deep, thinning to 1 plant/spot.
ROW COVERS:
Since melons like consistently warm conditions, plastic mulch and row covers (refer to Index) will make for earlier crops and better yields, especially in the North. Remove covers when plants have female flowers (tiny fruit at base of blossom).
DISEASES:
Choose varieties resistant to diseases in your area. "Sudden wilt" is a complex disease and cold weather stress syndrome in late summer when plants have a heavy set of ripening melons, can cause plants to wilt almost overnight. Keep plants healthy with good fertility and irrigation to avoid sudden wilt.
INSECT PESTS:
Protect against cucumber beetles with floating row covers applied at transplanting, or control with pyrethrin or azadarachtin. (See index)
RIPENESS:
Each variety is a little different and must be learned! Most melon varieties are ready when the gray-green color begins to change to buff-yellow and when a light tug separates the fruit from the vine. Some melon types, like honeydew, charentais, canary, Spanish, and crenshaw are overripe by the time the stem can be tugged from the fruit. These must be cut from the vine.
STORAGE:
All melons should be stored at 85-95% relative humidity. Store ripe netted melons at 36-41°F (2-5°C); store other melons at 45-50°F (7-10°C) for 7-14 days.
DAYS TO MATURITY:
From transplanting; add about 10 days if direct-seeded.
AVG. DIRECT SEEDING RATE:
30 seeds sows 10', 100 seeds /50' 1M/500', 15M/acre at 3 seeds every 18" in rows 6' apart.
SEED SPECS:
SEEDS/LB.: 16,000-20,000 (avg. 18,000).
PACKET:
30 seeds unless otherwise indicated.


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