This is no ordinary melon—with over 8 years of breeding several types of melons, this is one of a kind! Exquisite, sweet flavor combines with juicy and aromatic flesh for an extraordinary summer treat. The smooth, grey-green rind turns yellow-white when melons are at their peak of ripeness. Cutting open the fruit releases the intoxicating aroma and delectable, orange-pink flesh reminiscent of a summer sunset. Each slightly oval melon weighs about 2-4 pounds.
• Botanical Name: Cucumis melo (hybrid)
• Days to Maturity: 70–90 days
• Family: Cucurbitaceae
• Native: Africa, Asia, Australia, West Pacific Islands
• Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual
• Plant Dimensions: 4'–5' sprawling vines
• Variety Information: 2–4 pound melons, slightly oval shaped with smooth, yellow-white skin when ripe. 'Papaya Dew' is a hybrid melon with a unique flavor and color. Orange-pink flesh is highly aromatic. Fruit is generally larger in warmer climates.
• When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is 70°–90°F.
• When to Start Inside: Recommended for short-season areas. 2 to 4 weeks before transplanting within 2 weeks after your average last frost date. Sow into biodegradable pots that can be directly planted in the ground; roots are sensitive to disturbance.
• Days to Emerge: 5–10 days
• Seed Depth: ¼"
• Seed Spacing: 2–3 seeds per mound
• Row Spacing: 4'–6' apart
• Thinning: Thin to 1 plant per mound
• Harvesting: Harvesting at the right time is very important with melons. Fruits should be picked when fully ripe. Commercial growers harvest before melons are ripe, forcing them to ripen off the vine. This is unfortunate since the last few days of ripening on the vine put a lot of sugars into the melon; bottom line is that melons taste significantly better when vine-ripened. How do you know when melons are ripe? The best way to determine ripeness is when the rind loses the grey-green color and turns yellow-white. 'Papaya Dew' does not "slip" when ripe like some other melons; cut from vine, rather than pulling or twisting, to avoid damaging plant and fruit.