Melon – Ogen
This is the original strain of Ogen Melon named after from the Israeli kibbutz where it became immensely popular. Aromatic Ogen Melons have an indescribable warmth, richness and sweetness of flavour that is captivating and 'moreish'. Awarded an RHS AGM Melon 'Ogen' bears small 15cm diameter fruits with pale green flesh that can be harvested from mid summer onwards. Height and spread: 2m.
Sow from late winter/spring 1cm deep in a good seed compost. Germination usually takes 6-10 days at 24C. Transplant when large enough to handle into 7.5cm pots and then 13cm pots, before planting 1m apart in the greenhouse border, frames or cloches, or outdoors when all risk of frost is gone. Pinch out the growing point after 5 leaves have been formed. Hand pollinate by placing a male flower inside a female bloom. Female flowers have a swollen part at the base of the bloom.