A Cantaloupe plant will on average produce 2 fruit per plant according to the study by Purdue University which looked at 20 different varieties. The typical size per fruit is 4 to 5 lbs (approximately 2 kg) meaning that a yield of around 10 lbs (4.5 kg) per plant can be expected approximately 80 to 120 days after the seed has been planted. via
How long do cantaloupe plants produce?
Cantaloupe matures in about 80 to 90 days. Melons are normally ready to harvest when they start turning yellow on the bottom and the stem starts turning brown. via
Do cantaloupes keep producing fruit?
Cantaloupes produce separate male and female flowers as well as some flowers with both male and female parts. The first flowers to appear are male and will fall off. In the heat of summer, vines often produce only male flowers, which don't produce fruit. via
How much fruit does a cantaloupe plant produce?
Harvest: Expect one, possibly two melons per plant. Fruit will ripen in late August/September. Fruit will not ripen off the vine! Ripe cantaloupe will easily detach from the vine when light finger pressure is applied to them. via
How much space does a cantaloupe plant need to grow?
Grow cantaloupe in rows spaced 3 to 4 feet apart or in "hills" with groups of 2 or 3 plants per "hill". Cantaloupes can also be trained on a trellis or fence to save space. via
What is the best month to plant cantaloupe?
Cantaloupe does best when direct sown. Sow seeds outside about 2 weeks after the last frost date when soil temperatures are about 65℉. In the low desert of Arizona, the best time to plant cantaloupe is from late February through July. via
How long after flowering do cantaloupe grow?
Typically a cantaloupe will yield mature fruit 35 to 45 days after blossoming, according to the University of Minnesota, so time your planting to provide those 45 days while the weather is still warm. via
How often do you water a cantaloupe?
Cantaloupes need plenty of water, but not enough to make a soggy garden. Give your crops one to two inches of water per week, watering the soil directly to avoid wetting the leaves and promoting powdery mildew. Once fruit begins to grow, reduce your watering, as dry weather is best for sweeter melons. via
How do I know when to pick my cantaloupe? (video)
How do you make cantaloupe sweeter when growing?
Sweetness Starts in the Soil
To encourage strong growth, blend 4 to 6 inches of composted manure into your melon beds prior to planting. Then add a balanced organic fertilizer (such as a mixed blood meal/bone meal product) every 3 to 4 weeks. via
Why are my cantaloupe plants not producing fruit?
The most likely cause of such fruit problems on squash, muskmelons (cantaloupe), cucumbers, watermelons and other cucurbit vegetables is a lack of pollination. Assuming there are both male and female blooms on the plant, a lack of fruit may be due to a lack of bees working the flowers to transfer pollen. via
How do you prune a cantaloupe plant?
When pruning cantaloupe plants, the idea is to retain the primary vine, remove the first lateral and reduce the size of all the additional secondary branches. Using pruning shears, cut lateral vines that grow from the primary up to the eighth leaf node. via
How do you grow cantaloupe in a small room?
Can you grow cantaloupe in a 5 gallon bucket?
Planting Cantaloupe in Pots
Look for a container that holds at least 5 gallons (19 L.) of potting soil. A trellis will hold the vines above the soil and prevent the melons from rotting. via
Can you plant watermelon next to cantaloupe?
Watermelons and cantaloupes can grow and produce well in the same spacious garden bed. If the gardener remains conscientious about monitoring for weeds, disease and insect pests, any potential major cultural problems can be avoided or treated. via
Can you plant the seeds from a cantaloupe?
Fresh cantaloupe seeds need to be dried and properly stored for future sowing. Spread the seeds on a sheet of newspaper or paper towels and set them in a warm, airy place to dry. Once dry, cantaloupe seeds should be stored in an envelope or jar until you are ready to plant them. via
What is the best fertilizer for cantaloupe?
Tip. Use an inorganic fertilizer or organic equivalent to fertilize cantaloupes. Inorganic options include 10-10-10 (at planting) and 21-0-0 (for side dressing after plants set runners; organic options include compost and well-aged manures. via
Do cantaloupes climb?
Cantaloupe, like other Cucurbits, grow long vines. These can reach anywhere from four to seven feet, depending on the variety. By training the vines to climb a vertical structure, you save space in your garden while still giving the melons plenty of space to stretch. via
What can be planted with cantaloupe?
Companion plants for cantaloupe include corn, pumpkin, squash, collards, borage, oregano, radishes, marigolds, petunias and beans. Companion planting is based on the idea that certain plants are mutually beneficial when planted in near proximity. via
What are the stages of cantaloupe?
Growth Stages of Cantaloupe
How do you tell the difference between a male and female cantaloupe flower?
The easiest way is looking at the flower stem. The male rises from the vine with a single plain stem of its own. The female has a cute little bulge that will become the fruit if pollinated. via
Are cantaloupes fuzzy when growing?
Cantaloupe. Like many melons, cantaloupe vines and their leaves are somewhat fuzzy to the touch. In summer, these climbing vines produce sunshine-yellow, five-petaled flowers, which give way to large, round fruit. via
What can you not plant near cantaloupe?
Good companion plants for honeydew melons are squash, watermelons, corn, radish, tomatoes, borage, beans, oregano, collard greens, marjoram, petunias, nasturtiums, marigolds, tansy, catnip and mint. You should not plant cantaloupe with cucumbers, cabbage, zucchinis, kale, cauliflowers, sunflowers, beans and broccoli. via
Why are my cantaloupe not getting bigger?
There are three factors that will cause the growth of melons to come slow down (or stop): cool temperatures (below 60ºF), too much water or too little water. When melons don't get enough water they stop growing. via
Will a cantaloupe ripen after it's picked?
Some, like watermelon, do not continue to ripen once harvested. However, cantaloupe and similar fruit will continue to ripen after harvest. Once into the ripening process, fruit will gain sugar, flavor will improve and flesh soften. via
What does a ripe cantaloupe look like?
Cantaloupe: Color, Smell and a Slight Tug
The first signal that a cantaloupe (or a muskmelon) is getting ripe is the color under the netting of the fruit changes from green to tan. A ripe cantaloupe also tends to have a pleasant aroma. Finally, check the spot at top of the melon where it attaches to the vine. via
How long does it take for a cantaloupe to ripen on the counter?
Leave the melon out at room temperature until ripe.
Usually, the process will only take about two days, if not quicker. Make sure that the place you store the melon is neither excessively cold or excessively hot. You should also avoid areas that are heavy in moisture or particularly drafty. via
How many cucumbers do you get per plant?
If you plant cucumbers for slicing and eating fresh, plan on growing about 2 to 3 plants per person in your household; healthy plants generally grow 10, 6-ounce cucumbers per plant. Heirloom cucumber varieties generally produce less fruit, which is about 2 to 3 pounds of fruit per healthy plant. via
Can I plant cantaloupe now?
When planting cantaloupe, wait until the threat of frost has passed and the soil has warmed in spring. You can either sow seeds directly in the garden or in flats inside (do this well before their initial planting outdoors), or you can use transplants purchased from reputable nurseries or garden centers. via
Are coffee grounds good for cantaloupe?
Old coffee grinds really do enhance the flavor of many crops, cantaloupe, tomatoes, melons. Other nutrients in Coffee Grinds are phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and copper. via
How can you tell if a cantaloupe is pollinated?
About Cantaloupe Pollination
You can tell the difference between male and female flowers by looking at the base of the blossoms. As Harvest to Table points out, female flowers have a bulge just below the blossom, which is the unfertilized fruit. via
Are there male and female cantaloupe?
Although cantaloupes are different than other vining crops because they have flowers which contain male and female parts as well as those which contain only male parts, pollination by bees is still necessary. via
Do cantaloupe come back every year?
A: Unfortunately, cantaloupes are an annual and will die off once the vine has finished producing its melons. via
Is Epsom salt good for cantaloupe?
The cantaloupes will ripen faster and the fruit is protected from insects and rot. For sweeter watermelons and cantaloupes when the plant starts vining and again when small 1-inch melons appear, spray with 6 1/2 tablespoons Epsom salts and 3 1/2 tablespoons borax in 5 gallons of water. Bugs don't like loose material. via
Should I trim my melon vines?
Pruning watermelons promotes healthier vines and increases fruit size. Look for irregular or rotting fruit to prune from the plant. Removing the less than perfect melons will enable the plant to focus energy towards growing bigger, healthier, juicier melons. via