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

Disease Resistance:

F2

Fusarium Wilt (Races 1 & 2)

PM

Powdery Mildew

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Escorial (F1)
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Escorial (F1)

3071

Product ID: 3071

Extra early charantais.

Escorial matures nearly a week before Savor to serve the early charentais market. Fruits avg. 2 lb, and are round to round-oval with pronounced sutures and moderate netting. Dark orange, very sweet, and aromatic flesh. Outer skin is green with a yellow tinge when ripe. A couple of days later, but with better flavor and more vigorous vines, than Edonis, which it replaced. Intermediate resistance to fusarium wilt races 1 and 2, and powdery mildew. Avg. 17,500 seeds/lb. Packet: 15 seeds.

Product Price Qty
3071Packet  $5.95 
307150 Seeds  $18.69 
3071100 Seeds  $34.45 
3071250 Seeds  $67.00 
3071500 Seeds  $122.49 
30711,000 Seeds  $228.60 
30715,000 Seeds  $839.00 

Quick Facts

Days to Maturity or Bloom:   72

Plant Cycle:   (A)  

Disease Resistance Codes:

F2   PM  

Shipping Information & Notes

To determine ripeness, examine the smallish, long-stemmed leaf attached to the vine at the same point as the fruit. At ripeness, this leaf is pale, and the fruit has a slight yellow tinge. Orange fruit rind color indicates overripeness.

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:
Store ripe netted melons at near freezing; store other melons at 45-50°F (7-10°C) and 80% relative humidity 2-4 weeks.
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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