Botanical Name: Cucumis melo (Cantaloupensis Group); Family: Cucurbitaceae (Cucumber Family)
Height: 2 - 3 feet.
Spacing: 3 inches.
Depth: 1 inch.
Sun/Shade: Full sun.
Yield: Approximately 100 fruits per 100 foot row; 5 - 7 fruits per vine.
Foliage: Green foliage.
Days To Maturity: 75.
Soil Requirements: Rich, sandy, well-drained soil; pH 7.0-7.8
Growth Rate: Medium growth rate.
Seed Count: Approximately 25 seeds per packet.
Size: 7 x 6.5 inches.
Comments: Athena Hybrid is an early maturing Eastern melon in a class of it's own. Athena has consistently delivered at the top for fresh color, flavor, aroma, firmness, and shelf life after harvest. Pick at full slip for best quality. Superior flavor with outstanding eating quality. Firm flesh holds well. Vigorous plant and hearty producer. Best seller in the USA with gardeners and growers. Fruit averages 5 - 6 lbs. with coarse netting and thick salmon colored flesh.
The rich, summery flavors and lovely aromas of Athena Hybrid Cantaloupe are a welcome addition to any meal. These 5- to 6-pound melons have firm, salmon-colored flesh and coarsely netted tan skins. This popular variety is valued by gardeners for its succulent flesh and long shelf life.
Sow Athena cantaloupe seeds in rich, sandy, well-drained soil with a pH of 7 to 7.8. Seeds should be planted about 3 inches apart at a depth of 1 inch. These annual plants prefer full sun and do well in hardiness zones 3 to 9. Seeds germinate in 10 to 20 days, and the high-yield vines reach maturity in about 75 days, producing five to seven melons each, about 100 fruits per 100 foot row.
The Athena hybrid cantaloupe's bright flesh and rich flavor can stand on its own. Serve it sliced as a cool summer side dish. Try adding a tiny sprinkle of salt to highlight the fruit's spectacular flavor. Jazz up green salads or chilled soups with Athena hybrid cantaloupe for a taste sensation. You can also add chunks of cantaloupe to fruit salads. Its sweet and earthy flavor provides a nice contrast to tart berries and fruits -- try adding a few slices to your smoothies. Add the rich taste and heady aromas of this flavorful melon to your summer table.