Cucumis melo reticulatus This delicious heirloom cantaloupe is a delightful treat on a hot summer day! So sweet and juicy - the fruits are up to six inches in diameter with a tough, coarsely netted skin and succulent, flavorful salmon colored flesh. The plants are vigorous, produce five to seven fruits per plant. Very aromatic! The flowers attract bees and butterflies. Needs full sun, and plenty of water, but is great for northern locations. Harvest when the stem separates with a slight pull, and is best when vine ripened. Approximately 85 days to maturity from transplant. Resistant to wilt! Growing instructions Start seed indoors 4-5 weeks before last frost in pots, or sow directly into the garden after danger of serious frost has passed. Cover seeds with 1/4 inch of fine soil. Space plants 36 inches apart in rows spaced 2 to 3 feet apart depending upon available room. Transplant indoor started seedlings after hardening off and danger of serious frost has passed. 7 to l4 day germination time. Keep soil moderately moist during germination. The seeds may rot and not sprout if the soil is too cool.