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FRUIT-HALES BEST JUMBO-ROCKMELON as we know it is also known as cantaloupe and muskmelon.  They are usually round with firm, scaly, greyish green buff rind skin. Some Rockmelon have grooves and sutures that orbit the Rockmelon and they all have lovely, moist, sweet orange flesh.

The fruit typically weighs between 4 and 8 pounds. Hales Best Jumbo Rockmelon is a versatile fruit that can be enjoyed on its own, or used in a variety of recipes, from salads and smoothies to desserts and cocktails.

Sow 12mm (1/2 inch) deep with 2-3 seeds in a group and later thin out. Sow either direct in harvesting position or in seed boxes or punnets and plant them out when strong enough.

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How to Grow Hales Best Jumbo Rockmelon

  1. Full sun is required for Hales Best Jumbo Rockmelon with a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight per day.
  2. Well-drained soil as Rockmelon prefer fertile, well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0.  Add compost or well-rotted manure to the soil before planting to improve fertility.
  3. Space your Rockmelon plants 3 to 4 feet apart, with 6 to 8 feet between rows.
  4. Irrigate your Rockmelon plants regularly with water, making sure the soil stays consistently moist but not waterlogged. Mulch around the base of the plants to help conserve moisture.
  5. Train your Rockmelon plants to climb a trellis or support, to keep the fruits off the ground and prevent rot.
  6. Pollination is simple with Rockmelon as they are self-pollinating.  But it’s best to hand-pollinate the flowers to ensure a good fruit set.  Simply transfer pollen from the male flowers to the female flowers using a small artists paint brush.
  7. Fertilise with a balanced, slow-release fertiliser at planting time and again about 4 weeks later.
  8. Pests and Diseases should be keep in check.  Keep an eye out for common pests like squash bugs and powdery mildew. If necessary, treat with an organic insecticide or fungicide.

Heritage of Hales Best Jumbo

The heritage of Hales Best Jumbo Rockmelon dates back to the 1920s.  Where it was first developed by a farmer named Arthur Yates in California. A  popular heirloom variety known for its large, sweet fruit with a deep orange flesh.  It is a hybrid of two other melon varieties, Emerick and Banana.  Despite its name, Hales Best Jumbo Rockmelon is actually a cantaloupe, not a Rockmelon. 

Known for its sweet, juicy flesh, which is high in vitamin C and other nutrients, it is a great Hydration fruit with a high water content to refresh you on a hot summers day.  Hales Best Jumbo Rockmelon is easy to grow, making it a great choice for beginner gardeners who want to try their hand at growing their own fresh produce.   Having grown one myself I can honestly say it is easy to grow but spreads so it needs space to grow.  

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Planting Guide for Australia

Scoville Heat Units (SHU)

Plant Height (cm)

30 - 45

Season of Interest


Temperature Range (°C)

18 -30

Determine / Indeterminate

Annual / Perennial / Biennial


Frost Hardy / Tender


Full Sun / Part Sun / Shade

Full Sun

Sow Direct / Raise Seedlings

Sow Direct


Well-draining soil with good fertility


6 - 7

Soil Temperature (°C)

18 - 30

Seed Preparation

Scarify or soak seed overnight

Sowing Depth (mm)


Plant Spacing (cm)

90 - 120

Row spacing (cm)

180 -240


Regular Deep Watering

Germination Time (Days)

7-10 days

Harvest Time (Days)

80 - 100

Good Companion Plants

Corn, Beans, Peas, Radishes, Nasturtiums

Bad Companion Plants

Potatoes, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Squash


Aphids, Cucumber Beetles, Squash Bugs, Spider Mites


powdery mildew, bacterial wilt, fusarium wilt, and anthracnose

More About Us

ABSeeds is an Australian owned business trading under the umbrella of Direct Compost Solutions which is owned and managed by Victoria Brun.

We as a company endeavor to provide to the public, Organic, Old Fashioned, Heritage, and Open-pollinated seeds that have not been genetically modified.

We purchased the business in November 2018 and renamed it to ABSeeds (All ‘Bout Seeds) to make the title shorter and represent what we hope to achieve with this business in the years ahead.

Seeds that we can’t grow ourselves we will acquire from people who grow for us, or we may purchase seeds from reputable heritage seed companies.

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