Have you ever grown these melons?

runswithscissors(MT 4/5)December 19, 2012

I ordered many heirloom seeds from Baker's...mostly to experiment. But finding information about the individual variety is difficult going. Mainly I'm looking for specific characteristics, such as vigorous grower, vs compact. prone to bugs, not very happy on the ground, needs a trellis, dropped it melons, melons cracked, leaves wilty, tastess like cotton candy, tastes like the chicken house, ect. ect.

Kansas
Oka
Valencia Winter
Bidwell Casaba
Gurney's Giant (for fun)
Ananas D'Amerique
Pear - (not the pepper also nicknamed Pear Melon)

Thanks so much for any input.

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bart1(6/7 Northern VA)

I haven't but did you check the Baker Creek website? They have customer ratings and comments for all their seeds. A lot of varieties have no comments though and you should probably take them all with a grain of salt, but it might be a good starting point.

    Bookmark   December 20, 2012 at 10:33AM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

And if you Google each by name you all kinds of specific information on it - reviews, growing habits, etc.

Dave

Here is a link that might be useful: Bidwell Casaba

    Bookmark   December 20, 2012 at 10:50AM
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runswithscissors(MT 4/5)

Yes, I consulted the Baker Creek discriptions but they are very vague and mostly report on the origin of the seed. Googling the individual varieties was a bust for most of them, as most websites reguritate Baker Creek's discription verbatum, or less.

Maybe I should call them...but I'm afraid I'll get the receptionist who places orders not grows them, and I hate to bug people.

    Bookmark   December 20, 2012 at 9:24PM
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fusion_power

I would probably choose some different varieties. Susan Healy is excellent. Anne Arundel is a good green flesh melon. If you can live with hybrids, Ambrosia is hard to beat.

Gurney's Giant is finicky, does not like my weather. Pear is thin flesh. Oka does better in a cooler climate. I have only found one decent winter melon.

DarJones

    Bookmark   December 21, 2012 at 2:32AM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Googling the individual varieties was a bust for most of them, as most websites reguritate Baker Creek's discription verbatum, or less.

That depends on which of the listed sites you choose to look at. Sure some seed companies may do that but not grower sites. Just a couple of examples.

Bidwell Casaba

Ananas

Of course there is also D...'sgarden discussions we can't link here.

Dave

Here is a link that might be useful: GW Heirloom Plants forum discussion on various melon varieties

    Bookmark   December 21, 2012 at 1:35PM
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