(Cucumis melo) Developed by Roland Morrill of Benton Harbor, Michigan; the variety name was trademarked in 1914. Similar to Hoodoo, which it replaced. Once very popular in Michigan.
Melon Hearts Of Gold notably contains phyto-nutrient, polypeptide-P; a plant insulin known to lower blood sugar levels. In addition, it composes hypoglycemic agent called charantin. Charantin increases glucose uptake and glycogen synthesis in the cells of liver, muscle and adipose tissue. Together, these compounds are thought to be responsible for reduction of blood sugar levels in the treatment of type-2 diabetes.
Sun: Full Sun
Optimum Soil ph: 6.0-6.8
Days To Maturity: 70-97 Days
Sowing Method: Outdoor Sow
Can be direct sown in warmer climates after soil temperatures reach 70, plant 3-4 seeds 1/2” deep in hills 3-4’ apart on rows 5-6’ apart. Once established, thin to two strongest plants. For cooler climates we prefer to start in pots in the greenhouse and transplant later when night time temperatures stay above 55 degrees. Start seedlings 3 weeks before last frost. Once seedlings are 4” tall and soil temperatures are 70, plant in rich loose soil.
Keep well watered until fruits are tennis ball sized and then water only if absolutely needed. (We know organic farmers that never water them and grow amazinging melons, but a great deal depends on your soil.)
Remember, you must have a healthy population of pollinators like bees to get a good fruit set.