Name: Ha-Ogen (also known as 'Israel'.
Origin: Probably originating in Hungary, this melon was then commercialised in Israel.
This is a small, eye catching melon with green stripes when ripe. 1 - 2kg fruits with light green, delicious flesh. very fragrant. Slips when ripe. The skin is smooth to very lightly netted.
When to sow: After risk of frost is over in spring. Mid October to November in Southern Australia. Can be direct sown where they are to grow, or sow in pots and transplant when big enough to handle.
Plant Type: Vining groundcover. Can be grown on a trellis but the fruits must be individually supported so they don't drop to the ground when ripe.
Uses: The fruits are very sweet and delicious. Great for fresh eating, fruit salads or juicing.
Growing Conditions: Needs fertile, well drained soil and regular watering in summer. Fruits may have to be protected from sunburn on hot days. You can cover the fruits with pieces of cardboard or large leaves for this. This is a cantaloupe which needs to be eaten soon after picking as it will not store well.
Pests and Diseases: Watch for powdery mildew late in summer/autumn.
Special Qualities: A very good flavoured melon.
Seeds: Minimum of 20 seeds