Melon is a plant which belongs to the Cucumis genus.
Related to cucumbers, squash, and pumpkins, they are an orange or green fleshed vining fruit.
There are many sub species of C. melo including true cantaloupe, musk melon (American cantaloupe), and honeydew among others.Melon grows as an annual and is an edible fruit / vegetable. Being an annual plant, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year. Melon is known for its mound-forming habit and growing to a height of approximately 30.0 cm (11.7 inches). This plant tends to bloom in early summer, followed by first harvests in late summer. Popular varieties of Melon with home gardeners are Minnesota Midget, Heart of Gold, Hale's Best 45, Tigger, and Ambrosia Hybrid.
Be aware that Melon typically needs a fair amount of maintenance and care in order to grow successfully. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests. Pay attention to weeding, feed and pruning schedules to ensure your plant remains in peak condition.
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They may be grown along the ground or up a support. If grown along the ground placing the fruit on a board or pot will help keep insects from damaging it. If grown up a support a sling can be tied around the fruit and attached to the support.Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water often. Ensure your soil is potting mix and has a ph of between 6.1 and 7.5 as Melon is a weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil loving plant. Keep in mind when planting that Melon is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.
Maybe started indoors or outdoors in warmer climates.Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 1.89 feet (58.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.5 inches (1.27 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 21°C / 70°F to ensure good germination.
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Melon about 14 days before your last frost date .
If starting indoors start 2-4 weeks before setting out. Start in a 2" pot and transplant when they have 1-2 true leaves.Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Melon is a hardy plant.
By our calculations*, you should look at planting out Melon about 14 days after your last frost date.
Unripe, uncut, cantaloupe may be stored on the counter at room temperature. Once it reaches peak ripeness it should be stored in the refrigerator. Cut cantaloupe may be stored in the fridge for 6-9 days.2
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Melon so consider planting:
Traditionally climbing peas or beans along with squash were planted around a few stalks of corn. The beans fixed nitrogen for the corn and the corn provided a support for the beans. The squash acted as a living mulch keeping the soil cool and moist and preventing weeds. The squash may also have deterred raccoons and other wildlife. This method is called the three sisters technique. Cantaloupe may be used in place of squash if desired.
These plants will not grow well with Melon so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Melon plants:
Cucumber Mosaic Virus (CMV) was first found in Cucumbers, hence its name - ho...
Melo, means melon. Reticulatus means netted referring to the netting of the skin.
Cantaloupe is a smooth skinned orange fruited melon. In North America it can apply to any melon with orange fruit.1
Cucumis melo L.
Misspellings: Canteloupe Melon, Rock Melon, Cantelope, cantalope
29 May 2013
Failed to germinate. Planted 8 more seeds.
25 Aug 2011
Had 5 plants but none seemed to have survived, while all the other melons I planted did well.
Melon care instructions
How long does Melon take to grow?
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Popular varieties of Melon
- Minnesota Midget
- Heart of Gold
- Hale's Best 45
- Ambrosia Hybrid
- Honey Dew
- Hales' Best
- Green Honeydew
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