What’s round, sweet and related to cucumbers? Melons! Here’s just about everything you need to start growing cantaloupe—one of summer’s favorite fruits.
Just remember to give yourself plenty of room: Most growing cantaloupes need between 8 to 10 feet of space for their vines (although the cantaloupes you can grow in containers may not need quite as much). So, unless you want to spend your summer yellin’ for melon, leave plenty of space and put out plenty of fertilizer to grow this sweet, tropical treat in your garden.
Growing Cantaloupe (Melons / Muskmelons)
|When to sow indoors||3 – 4 weeks before last frost|
|When to sow outdoors||When soil is at least 70° F|
|Germination soil temperature||80° – 90° F|
|Germination length||3 – 5 days (longer for cooler soil)|
|When to transplant||When melon seedlings have 2-3 mature leaves|
|Varieties||Hale's Best Jumbo (a favorite)
Halona (resistant to disease and powdery mildew)
Lil' Loupe' (container cultivar)
|pH range||6.0 – 7.0 (6.0 minimum)|
|Soil temperature for growing||70° – 85° F|
From germination to hardening off: moderate and even
One week before transplanting: low
From transplanting through entire growing season: moderate
During ripening: low
|Nutrient requirements||N = low
P = high
K = high
|Fertilizer schedule||Every 6 weeks|
|When to harvest||When melons easily separate from the vine when twisted|
Looking for more information and inspiration?
Check out these tips for growing cantaloupe melons.
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