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Vegetable Gardening: Melon Cucumber hybrid 'Gold Bar' - has anyone grown this?

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GardenQuilts
Pocono Mountains, PA
(Zone 6a)

December 2, 2012
12:45 PM

Post #9347821

I noticed this seed offered on sale at Parks. I was wondering fi anyone grew it?

http://parkseed.com/melon-gold-bar-hybrid/p/05502-PK-P1/

I have been looking for a short season melon suitable for growth in a small space. This may fit the bill, but I wonder how it tastes?

NicoleC

NicoleC
Madison, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 2, 2012
12:55 PM

Post #9347833

I haven't grown that one, but for a small melon -- both vine and plant -- that rapidly matures, I can recommend Minnesota Midget. Good taste but not as intensely sweet as supermarket muskmelons. Vines get up to about 4' long with small leaves and produce about 3 melons per vine.
GardenQuilts
Pocono Mountains, PA
(Zone 6a)

December 2, 2012
1:07 PM

Post #9347843

Thanks for the tip! I'll have to try that one!
Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


December 2, 2012
5:12 PM

Post #9348035

Be careful with Park's. They have made up lots of hype in the past and used strange botanical nomenclature. I expect this is an Asian crisp melon, most likely the variety Goldbar. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/119688/#b There are quite a few similar varieties available. http://www.evergreenseeds.com/orientalmelon.html http://www.kitazawaseed.com/seeds_oriental_melon.html http://zipcodezoo.com/Plants/C/Cucumis_melo__Goldbar_/
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 6, 2012
4:12 PM

Post #9351642

Have you tried early silverline? It's a white fleshed asian melon. Sweet and crisp. Small oblong melons that ripen early.

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 24, 2013
7:13 AM

Post #9395823

I'm believing what you say is true Farmerdill. I have the seeds and mow I can research the plant better with your help. Parks does seem to color up a lot.
GardenQuilts
Pocono Mountains, PA
(Zone 6a)

June 5, 2013
12:29 PM

Post #9547487

I like to research commercial seeds and plants before buying them. I have noticed that seed companies like Parks and some rose sellers post unrealistic photos and descriptions of their plants. It makes me distrust the companies.

I am moving this year, so I am not planting any veggies except maybe some fall greens. I would like to find some short season melons to grow. I'll try some of the heirloom varieties mentioned, but am still curious about the hybrid cukemelon.

I managed to put my strawberries in windowboxes. It was a challenge to separate the real strawberries from the wild ones that the birds planted. I can only tell them apart when they are flowering. My real strawberries have white flowers - the wild ones have yellow.

I'll have to work out a better strawberry panting system after I move.

jmc1987

jmc1987
Cascade, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 21, 2013
11:10 AM

Post #9567650

i do have to agree about the photo manipulation in the name of selling their products, have you ever noticed that "blue" varieties of flowers have had their colors in the sellers photo altered to be perfectly cobalt blue, or something black (which is realistically a very dark purple-red), in their photo is edited to be pure jet black. Same with food plants--over "blinging" (if you will) the photo to draw in and entice potential customers

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