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  • Writer's pictureTony Taurone

Kajari Melon

Updated: Mar 1, 2023



Overview:


  • Plant Type: Annual Vine

  • Sun Requirements: Full Sun

  • Water Requirements: Moderate

  • Soil Requirements: Well-draining, fertile soil

  • Mature Size: 6-8 feet (1.8-2.4 meters) long vines

  • Bloom Time: Summer

  • Special Features: Unique striped skin, sweet flavor, good for hot climates

  • Maintenance: Low

  • Hardiness Zone: Kajari melon is an annual plant, but it grows best in warm temperatures and is often grown as a summer crop in USDA hardiness zones 9-11.

  • Additional Notes: Kajari melons are best when harvested at peak ripeness and can be enjoyed fresh or used in recipes such as salads or smoothies. They are susceptible to pests such as aphids and powdery mildew, so it's important to keep an eye on the plants and take action if necessary. Kajari melons are a heat-loving plant and can tolerate hot temperatures, but they may require some shade in extremely hot weather.


Background:

The Kajari melon is a unique variety of muskmelon that is grown primarily in India. It is known for its distinctive appearance, with a green and yellow striped rind and bright orange flesh. In this blog, we will discuss the origin and growing preferences of the Kajari melon.


Origin:

The Kajari melon originated in the state of Bihar in eastern India, where it has been grown for centuries. It is named after the Kajri festival, which is celebrated in Bihar and other parts of India during the monsoon season. During this festival, women sing and dance to celebrate the arrival of the rains, and they often eat Kajari melons as a special treat.

Growing Preferences Kajari melons are well-suited to the hot and humid climate of eastern India, where they are grown as a summer crop. They are typically planted in May and harvested in August or September, depending on the weather conditions. Kajari melons require a lot of sunshine and warm temperatures to grow and ripen properly, and they are generally grown in sandy loam or clay loam soils that are rich in organic matter.

Kajari melons are also known for their high resistance to pests and diseases, which makes them an attractive crop for farmers. They are not particularly sensitive to drought or flooding, and they can tolerate a range of soil pH levels.

In terms of cultivation, Kajari melons are typically grown on raised beds to improve drainage and prevent waterlogging. They are planted in rows, with a spacing of about 3-4 feet between plants. While I will likely try drip irrigation in the near future, I have been growing them without for 4 years and they are noticeably drought tolerant.


One of the most unique experiences with Kajari here in 8a is that in summer when the fruits are larger and still green, you may go out and see a hint of the orange coming. When I see this, I know I have about 12hrs until all green is gone and unlike other melons I have grown, the Kajari will release and drop it's fruit when ripe! Another note on fragrance, I have never smelled a sweeter melon and when in full swing my house smell like them throughout.


This really has become my favorite melon and will be a staple in my garden. It's small size makes it easier to manage for eating instead of cutting up large melons. It's fragrance is extremely sweet, and it's taste is sweeter than most melons by far. When picked more on the green side they remind me of honeydew, when fully ripe, more of sweeter cantaloupe. They contain a handful of seeds that are easy to remove and save for next season!



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