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is Sierra Gold cantelope heirloom?

Posted by daninthedirt 8b / HZ10 Cent. TX (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 19, 14 at 22:05

Last year I had some fun growing volunteer cantaloupe that come out of my compost pile. Worked pretty well, though I have no idea what variety I was growing. It did teach me that I had good soil and conditions for melons. This year, I decided to get a small packet of seeds, and ended up with Sierra Gold. It too is growing very well. Delicious! Given my success with composted cantaloupe seed, and since I intend to expand my patch next year, I have to wonder if Sierra Gold is a hybrid or heirloom. I can't figure it out. Anyone know? If it's an heirloom, I might as well be saving seeds.

If I did want to save the seeds, how do I do it? Just dry them out? Or do I have to ferment them as I do with my heirloom tomato seeds?

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RE: is Sierra Gold cantelope heirloom?

Depends on your definition of "heirloom" It is an open pollinated commercial variety released in 1956. To save seeds, just remove seeds from a ripe melon, wash them, and let them dry. store under cool dry conditions. Devloped in California, it is not well suited to the southeast.

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RE: is Sierra Gold cantelope heirloom?

Thanks. That's what I needed to know. Yes, I was using the word "heirloom" to describe something open-pollinatable. If it's not well suited to Texas, I guess my plants never got told that.

The seed-saving potential of many vegetable species is not something advertised by the seed companies. No big surprise, I guess.

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