About Golden Beauty Casaba Melon: Golden Beauty Casaba melons were developed in the 1920s, and soon gained the reputation of being the greatest of casabas. Casabas in general have been grown in the US since the 1850. Horticultural expert U. P. Hendrick, in his book Cucurbits of New York, states that casaba melons probably come from Asia Minor near the town of Kassabeh, in Turkey.
Golden Beauty Casaba Melon Germination: Melons must not be planted until the soil temperature has warmed to 70-80 degrees F, since they thrive in heat. Start the plants indoors only 2-4 weeks before transplanting, since if the plants grow too large they have difficulty adjusting to the change. Sow several seeds 1/2" deep in each peat pot, and keep them at 75 degrees until they germinate. Thin to the strongest plant in each pot by cutting off the others. Gradually accustom the plants to outdoor temperatures by setting them outside during the day, then transplant them to hills 4-6' apart with 2-3 plants to a hill. For companion planting benefits, plant melons near corn but not potatoes.
Growing Golden Beauty Casaba Melon Seeds: In cooler climates, melons may benefit from black plastic to warm the soil; Golden Beauty Casaba melons especially love heat. Mulch helps to conserve necessary moisture, control weeds, and keep the melons clean. Adequate moisture is particularly crucial as the vines begin to develop, though this variety of melon can tolerate some dryness and also resist blight. After midsummer, pinch off blossoms and smaller fruits in order to direct the full energy to the larger fruits; the smaller fruits will not have time to ripen before frost, and are no great loss.
Harvesting Golden Beauty Casaba Melon: As the melon ripens, it will turn a slighly golden color and become fragrant; the stem should fall off easily, and the blossom end should be slightly soft. Casaba melons will keep for very well for fall and winter use.
Saving Golden Beauty Casaba Melon Seeds: When saving seed from melons, keep in mind that they will cross pollinate with other varieties of melon but not with watermelon, cucumbers, or squash. Melon seeds mature when the fruit is ripe; cut open the fruit and put the pulp that contains the seeds into a bowl. Work it with your fingers to separate the seeds from the pulpy fibers. Add enough water so that the pulp and the hollow seeds will float; remove the floating material, and the good seeds will remain at the bottom of the bowl. Rinse them well, then spread them out to dry completely. Store them in a cool, dry place for up to five years.
Detailed Golden Beauty Casaba Melon Info: Cucumis melo. Annual. 100-110 days. 1000 seeds per oz. 12-15" height. 4-6' spacing. Produces 7-8 lb. yellow skinned, corregated round melons with pale green/white flesh.