Cantaloupe - Hales Best

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Oh lovely sweet melon! Hale's best cantaloupe is one of the best known melons and very productive.

Cantaloupe seeds can be started inside 4 weeks before last frost or outside after soil has warmed. When transplanting outside do not disturb roots. Plant in soil mounds or hills and thin to 2 best plants per hill. Using a good quality garden fertilizer of your choice following manufacturer's directions will increase your yields.  Water during hot, dry periods.


  • Lifecycle: annual (vegetable)
  • Time to Maturity: about 2 1/2 months
  • Sun Requirement: sun
  • Spacing: 24" apart
  • Depth: 1/2 inch
  • 35-40 Cantaloupe Seeds Per Packet 
  • Seeds/Oz: 850
  • Ideal Germination Temperature: 75-85F
  • Sowing Method: Transplant
  • Heirloom Year: 1923 Heirloom