For what it is worth, I have far more success with direct seed than transplants, even if the variety is the same. I can move, transplant volunteers with far more success than store bought or seed started indoors.
Just went through the seed for this coming season and I have am very excited to finally have an F1 growout using seeds saved from the best tasting melons over 3 seasons of trial! (Actually from 5 years tho--in 2018 the weather was terrible and then the squash overgrew all the other cucurbits, and one year I was super pregnant and didn't manage to plant my melons. Was too busy growing two other little melons ).
My longterm plan is continually grow a landrace and save seed from the best tasting fruit, but this is the first season I'll actually be growing from my home grown seeds. Wish me luck!
Growing in a coastal zone 7a in the Northern Hemisphere. Hot humid summers and cold snowy winters. Plenty of rain. Sandy loam topsoil over clay subsoil, whatever the glacier left behind when it made Long Island.
lol mskrieger as long as you don't call them melon heads i think they'll be ok... yes, certainly, good luck! i will be growing some small melons here to try out some seeds a friend sent me. i hope they work for us.
Still trying to grow melons outdoors here in brittany i have been growing Joseph Lofthouses' melon landrace for four years now with moderate success. I was wondering why don't these melons adapt properly to my growing conditions and the answer dawned on me this year. I am simply not growing enough plants. If you think of hybrid plants as lottery tickets a landrace will adapt much quicker if you grow 100 to 200 plants as opposed to 10 or 20. From what i understand Joseph is a farmer and grows crops on fairly large plots and not some hobby gardener like most people who will plant ten or twenty melon plants.
This year once more was catastrophical to me and due to an unfortunate happenstance i lost all my melon seeds. Despite having planted fifty melons i now only have three plants with a chance of producing a ripe melon, so anyone here who grows muskmelons or watermelons landrace style please get in touch if you have seeds to spare.
i'm interested and reading along, but i don't grow a very big number of plants and i don't have that much experience growing melons (two years so far just heading into the third season - only have grown two kinds of melons and no plans on changing this season as the past few have done ok for us).
I have some seeds from my landrace trials from last year. I hope they will do well this season. I have the highest hopes for a citron melon x watermelon hybrid that I got from Andrew Barney a few years ago. I still have 1 fruit in my storage room. Completely intact it has been sitting for half a year now. A true long keeper.... I hope to cross it with my watermelon grex.
Location: Lueneburg, Northern Germany, Europe Zone 7b
keen101 (Biolumo / Andrew B.): Looking for Goldini Zucchini again. Thinking of setting up my own seed shop for OSSI varieties in the future.
Apr 2, 2022 3:58:57 GMT -5
gratefulseedsaver: I have Goldini seeds. firstname.lastname@example.org
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wilscase: Hello all. My name is Casey Wilson. I'
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wilscase: I'm a graduate student at Oregon State and have been working with populations segrgating for different color genes such as the B gene in Cucurbita. I'm curious if anyone has experience with crosses in Cucurbita maxima between grey blue types and orange?
Oct 18, 2022 21:33:14 GMT -5
wilscase: I have been backcrossing to the grey parent for 4 generations and have finally selfed the heterozygotes (for the Bmax gene) the populations have segregated for diffuse bicolor (pink/blue, orange green), blue green, blue, green, pink (salmon) and orange
Oct 18, 2022 21:36:29 GMT -5
wilscase: The genes involved are Bmax and bl. I have observed that Bmax is incompletely dominant to wild type (green). I have read that bl is incompletely recessive to Bl(wild type). I'm curious if anyone else has observed the behavior of Bmax in a grey/blue type
Oct 18, 2022 21:38:28 GMT -5
wilscase: It appears that bl and Bmax are interacting to produce different shades of salmon and pink.
Oct 18, 2022 21:38:52 GMT -5
wilscase: I'm also interested in any other color genetics, especially the relationships between B and L genes. In the right background these genes can dramatically increase Carotenoids (vitamin A)
Oct 18, 2022 21:40:09 GMT -5
wilscase: I have lots of germplasm and would love to exchange anything that people are interested in
Oct 18, 2022 21:41:56 GMT -5