Origin:Australia, from the Garden Larder melon breeding program
Named after the Roman goddess of fruit trees and gardens, Pomona is a delicious, green fleshed melon that is probably the best I have eaten. The downside is that it is difficult to know when the fruits are ripe. Sometimes you just have to practice with the first couple of fruits to get it right. basically when ripe the fruits will lighten in colour and develop a light netting.
Fruits grow to around 3kg. The plants are productive.
When to sow:After risk of frost has passed in spring. Mid October to December in Southern Australia. Sow directly where they are to grow or sow in punnets and transplant out into the garden when they are big enough to handle. Avoid damaging the roots when transplanting.
Plant Type: Trailing vine
Uses:Eat fresh as is, or add to fruit salads, or juice
Growing Conditions:Needs good, well drained soil. Water regularly in Summer.
Special Qualities: Delicious, productive.
Seeds: 20 minimum in a packet.