Introduced by W. Atlee Burpee in 1886 from seed sent by William Voorhees of Benzie County, Michigan. The most popular melon of that period was hailed as “altogether unapproached in delicious flavor and luscious beyond description.” The pale orange rich juicy flesh is sweet and somewhat spicy in flavor. Heavy producer, 2-3 pound fruits. 70-90 days. ±930 seeds/oz.
Learn to Grow Emerald Gem Melon
Instructions – Melons love the heat. Sow seeds outdoors in 12″ diameter hills after the danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed. Space hills 6′ apart in all directions. Seeds will germinate in 4-10 days. Can also be started indoors 2-3 weeks before the last frost.
- Spacing: Plant seeds 1 inch deep, 18-24 inches apart in hills that are 4-6 feet apart.
- Sunlight: Melons prefer full sun.
- Soil: They need well-draining soil, enriched with compost or other organic matter.
- Watering: Water deeply once a week, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings.
- Harvesting: Harvest when the fruit has a sweet smell and the stem end is slightly soft.
- Hydration: High water content helps with hydration.
- Vitamins: Rich in Vitamins A and C, which are beneficial for eye health and immune function.
- Digestive Health: They are a good source of dietary fiber, aiding digestion.
- Heart Health: They contain potassium, known for maintaining healthy blood pressure levels.
- Antioxidants: These melons provide antioxidants, which help protect cells against damage.