Torpedo Melon aka Dae Jang Geum Seed Packet
Kitazawa Seed Co.
days to maturity: 65 days
plant spacing: 1 plant per square foot, vining
sunlight requirements: 8-14 hours
look out for: powdery mildew, worms in the growing tips & fruit
harvest notes: fruit slips off the vine when ripe
French Farms grew this last spring and we were all surprised by its delicious flavor and its heat and disease resistance. Korean melons are like a mix between a honeydew and a cucumber. The fruit is very light and crunchy with a mild sweetness, not sickly like a cantaloupe. Intermediate resistance to powdery mildew makes it growable in our humid spring and fall months. If you’re going to grow melons make sure they’re mildew resistant varieties from warm or humid climates like Thailand & Turkey, not the more famous varieties from France, which don’t do well here at all. We recommend planting vining melons and squashes on the edge of your raised bed, allowing it to escape and crawl through the yard if possible. If you plan on keeping the entire plant in your garden expect to constantly be saving your other plants from its vigorous growing tips and give it about 12 square feet.