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Smooth Bacir Melon plant
  • Smooth Bacir Melon plant
  • Smooth Bacir Melon plant
  • Smooth Bacir Melon plant

Smooth Bacir Melon plant

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Bacir smooth melon plant available in basket (4 seedlings), 10cm pot and grafted (14cm pot)

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Bacir smooth melon plant; available in basket (with 4 seedlings), single plant in 10cm pot and single grafted plant (14cm pot)

It is the sweetest and most productive of all melons: the top for professional horticulturists in the smooth or "Tamaris" type.

It has an excellent sugar content, even in soils less suitable for melons.

The pulp, storable and firm, softens 3-4 days after harvesting. The plant is vigorous, with long-lasting production. Bacir facilitates "bio-cultivation", thanks to its resistance to mildew, aphids and fusariosis.



EXPOSURE: The melon needs exposure in full sun, to produce the best and express the highest quality in terms of sugar content and aroma.

TEMPERATURE: The melon loves the heat and fears low temperatures. It has optimum growth at 24-30° during the day and 18-20° during the night. The best quality level is obtained with 15-25° in the ripening phase, while excessive heat, with little temperature range, is a limiting factor for the sugar content of the fruit. The melon can sporadically tolerate temperatures above 40°. The plant slows down its growth at 15° and goes under severe stress below 8°; it can die at 0°, therefore it is essential to protect it with nylon or tnt in the earliest transplants.

SOIL: The melon is a plant adaptable to different soils, preferring fertile ones, rich in organic matter, well drained. It likes pH preferably between 6-7. In clayey soils, rich in potassium, it reaches the highest quality levels. In preparing the soil it is important to work deeply (30-40 cm), which in medium-textured and strong soils is useful to bring forward to the autumn before cultivation, with the preparation of raised flower beds that facilitate the draining of the water. It is advisable to wait 4 years before transplanting the melon into land where cucurbits have previously been grown. It is essential to use the grafted plants if it is not possible to respect the correct rotation timing.

HARVEST: The melon ripens between 65 and 80 days after transplanting depending on the variety and climatic conditions. Picking the fruit at the right level of ripeness is important for obtaining optimal quality. Anticipating the harvest does not allow the accumulation of sugars to be completed, while delaying it can trigger fermentation processes due to over-ripening. To harvest at the right moment it is important to observe the characteristic visual signals of each variety:

Classic netted: the ripe fruits change color more or less evidently in comparison with the more unripe fruits, assuming a color that goes from light green to yellow green or yellow. In the classic netted Magnificenza and Django, the unequivocal sign of maturation is the presence of a small crack around the junction of the peduncle.

Netted without slice: the background color of Giorgio's skin lightens, gradually passing from greenish to light yellow (photo 3). When the crack appears around the peduncle, the melon must be harvested.

Cantaloupe Charentais: the background color of the ripe fruit lightens, going from light green to light yellow (photo 5). The crack around the peduncle is often not present.

Smooth: when ripe, the background color of the Bacir skin lightens, gradually passing from gray green to light yellow (photo 6). If this color change is not evident, when the crack around the peduncle appears, it must be collected. It keeps well after harvesting and after waiting a few days the pulp changes from a crunchy texture to a softer one.

Yellowish: when ripe, the skin changes from light yellow to deep yellow.

Piel de Sapo green: when ripe, the green skin takes on golden reflections.

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