Early to mature, it can be planted successively for an extra long season of great eating
Days to Maturity: 75 from direct sow
An early maturing cantaloupe renowned for its firm, aromatic, absolutely delicious flesh. Athena is the gardeners' favorite for dependable performance and great holding power on the vine. This is a melon you don't have to rush to harvest, and every 5- to 6-pound fruit is super sweet, succulent, and delicious.
The vine spreads between 2 and 3 feet long, setting about 5 to 7 melons. Athena is such an early bearer that you might want to plant seeds successively every two weeks for a month or more, guaranteeing yourself of a summerlong harvest.
The fruit arises with coarse netting and salmon-colored flesh on vigorous plants that know how to withstand garden stresses. The fruit keeps its texture and flavor for a long time after maturity, remaining true on the vine even if you can't harvest it immediately. Resistant to cracking and very durable, it's a gardener's dream.
|Days to Maturity
||24 in - 3 ft
||Direct Sow, Edible, Season Extenders
||Early Fall, Late Summer, Mid Summer
||Disease Resistant, Powdery Mildew
||Normal, loamy, Poor, Sandy
||Beds, Cuisine, Outdoor, Vines and Climbers