Hami Melon / Cucumis melo ‘Hami melon‘
Chinese “Hami” melon (approximately 110 days in the Columbia Basin): “Hami” is the generic Chinese word for a group of crisp-fleshed “winter” melons. Hami melons may have either red-pink, salmon, white, or green flesh. One group is slightly longer than a football but smaller in diameter (resembles Rochet type). These have yellow, or yellow and green rind, usually slightly netted, and weigh 6-9 lb. The flesh is crisp and very sweet. These melons may be stored for several weeks to a few months with little quality loss. In China, these are even allowed to dry partially for use late into the fall and early winter (Similar to Santa Clause melon). These appear to also be particularly suited for frozen melon balls. Some popular varieties are: Red-Pink Hami, Tiger-Skin Hami.
- Melons grow well in slightly acidic, fertile, and well-drained (for good air circulation) soil.
- Plant seeds no more than a 1/4 inch deep and cover with soil.
- Hami melons grow well in temperatures between 60 and 84°F. They grow best with day temperatures between 75 to 84°F. and night temperatures between 60 to 75°F.
- The plants need full sun exposure throughout the day. They grow well in areas where the summers last for 3 – 4 months. They need around 50 – 55 warm days to grow.
Space plants 36 to 42 inches apart. Or, to save space, plant melons 12 inches apart at the base of a trellis.