How to Start Cantaloupe Seedlings Indoors
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 do you plant cantaloupe seeds?
To sow outdoors, plant three seeds in 1/2-inch-deep holes, 18-24 inches apart. Keep them evenly moist until germination. Once seedlings have two sets of true leaves, thin them so that there's only one plant every 18-24 inches. via
Do cantaloupes need a trellis?
Melons need room to roam. Space plants 36 to 42 inches apart. When trellising melons, tie vines to the trellis daily, using soft plant ties that won't crush stems. A trellis for cantaloupe should be large: up to 8 feet tall and 20 feet wide in warmest climates. via
Is cantaloupe easy to grow?
Cantaloupes (aka rockmelons, sweet melons, and spanspeks) are an easy growing specialty melon that can be direct sown after all danger of frost, or started indoors 3-4 weeks before setting out. Growing cantaloupe plants occupy a fair bit of space, so be sure to leave enough room for the vines to spread out. via
Should I soak cantaloupe seeds before planting?
Seed Watering Notes: Be careful not to overwater germinating seeds or they may rot. It's best to soak the ground or the potting soil heavily when first planting, then avoid watering again if possible until seedlings emerge. via
What do you put under cantaloupe?
Mulch. Using black plastic mulch will not only help inhibit weed growth but keep your soil warm and your fruits clean as they develop. Cantaloupes germinate best in a warm soil temperature around 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The black plastic absorbs the sun while also helping your garden retain moisture. via
Can you grow cantaloupe from store bought?
Growing cantaloupe from seeds can be a fun and fruitful experiment, so don't throw out the seeds from the one you just bought from the store! Grow them in your garden this growing season for fresh and free cantaloupes! via
Can you plant cantaloupe seeds straight from the cantaloupe?
Cantaloupe seeds must be mature to germinate, so it's best to only take seed from fully ripened fruit. After a few days, the water will develop a layer of floating seeds that should be discarded because they're not viable. via
How do you know when cantaloupe is ready to pick? (video)
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
How often do you water a cantaloupe?
Cantaloupes need about 1 to 2 inches of water per week. If you don't receive that much rain weekly, water deeply but infrequently to reach that amount. As fruits mature, gradually reduce and stop watering because too much moisture can cause the rinds to split. via
Can you grow cantaloupe on a fence?
The cantaloupe trellis doesn't need to be incredibly fancy as long as it's strong. Wooden fence posts are a sturdy option for holding the weight of the vines and fruit. via
Where does cantaloupe grow best?
Other states that produce cantaloupe commercially in limited volume include Texas, Colorado, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. In our opinion, of course, the best place to grow cantaloupe is sunny California. via
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
What is the sweetest cantaloupe?
Crenshaws also have peachy flesh, similar to a cantaloupe's, which is juicy and sweet to taste. In fact, it is known to be one of the sweetest melons there is. via
How long does it take for a cantaloupe seed to sprout?
In warm soil (above 75°F), cantaloupe seeds will pop up quickly—within 3-5 days. In cooler soils, it might take as long as a week to 10 days before they germinate. via
How long do you soak cantaloupe seeds before planting?
Many sources recommend 8-12 hours and no more than 24 hours. Again, too much soaking and the seeds will start to decompose. If you use very hot water, the soaking time will decrease. We've always liked to use warm water and start the soaking at bedtime, then plant first thing in the morning. via
Should I prune my cantaloupe plant?
As mentioned, pruning cantaloupe plants isn't absolutely necessary and, in fact, the more leaves that remain on the vine the sweeter the fruit. That said, cutting back cantaloupe plants results in fewer fruit which enables the plant to put all of its energy into a scant few, resulting in larger melons. via
Why are my cantaloupe vines dying?
Your Cantaloupe plant is probably dying due to Alternaria leaf blight/Cercospora leaf spots if you see brown spots on the leaves. Overwatering may prove harmful to your Cantaloupe plant too. If the plant is wilting and dying, it may be infected by the Cucurbit bacterial wilt disease. via
What animal eats cantaloupe?
Animals such as squirrels, chipmunks, deer and woodchucks enjoy puncturing and eating melon crops. Coyotes and domesticated dogs also enjoy biting into sweet melons. Raccoons and birds make holes in the tops of melons and scoop or suck juices from the fruit's inside. via
Can you grow cantaloupe indoors?
Direct sowing is recommended, but to get a head start you can grow cantaloupe indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost in individual biodegradable pots indoors. 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
Does cantaloupe need fertilizer?
You should not be fertilizing cantaloupe until after the plant is at least 4 inches tall. At this point, you can apply a dose of balanced fertilizer. If you want to use granule type fertilizer, choose one with a 10-10-10 or 5-5-5. 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
How do you pick out good cantaloupe?
Cantaloupe is a seasonal fruit and warm spring weather brings the right time to start purchasing cantaloupe. To select a ripe cantaloupe, look for tan cantaloupe with light green lines across it, and avoid choosing melons with brown or soft spots. The melon should be firm but not too soft or too hard. via
What does a ripe cantaloupe look like?
A ripe cantaloupe will have beige, tan, creamy yellow or golden rind. Green rind indicates that the fruit is unripe. The fruit will have a raised, textured webbing on its exterior. Don't be concerned with discoloration – this is usually just the spot where the melon rested on the ground while being grown in the field. via
Can you plant watermelon and cantaloupe together?
Watermelons and cantaloupes can grow and produce well in the same spacious garden bed. Encourage a chemical-free garden so honeybees and bumblebees pollinate the melon flowers. Also consider placing developing melon fruits on a piece of scrap plywood to keep them from resting directly on the moist garden soil. via
How do you grow cantaloupe in a small room?
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
What's 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
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