REC­OM­MENDED MEL­ONS

NZ Gardener - - 2018 Gardener Of The Year -

• In or­der of dif­fi­culty, watermelons seem the hard­est to raise from seed to fruit salad bowl, whereas rock­mel­ons are the eas­i­est. And seed­less watermelons, says Ger­ard Martin from Kings Seeds, are the worst of all: “They are a night­mare to grow here be­cause they are truly trop­i­cal.”

• For rock­mel­ons with deep orange flesh and heaps of flavour, sow smooth-skinned ‘Sweet Gran­ite’ and ‘Charentais’. Both are about half the size of ‘Hales Best Jumbo’, which, though con­sis­tent in New Zealand con­di­tions, doesn’t have such a rich taste. It has a dis­tinc­tive net­ted skin, how­ever.

• For con­tain­ers, sow the hy­brid ‘As­pire’. It’s com­pact and delicious, on 1m vines. Large-fruited ’In­spi­ra­tion’ also suits pots.

‘TUS­CAN DE­LIGHT’

‘COL­LEC­TIVE FARM WOMAN’

‘CHARENTAIS’

‘SWEET GRAN­ITE’

‘HALES BEST JUMBO’

‘HON­EY­DEW GREEN’

‘AS­PIRE’

‘IN­SPI­RA­TION’

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