Melon

Melon

Spacing

 Seasons

Sun Exposure

1 per 4 sqft     Summer 6-8hrs+

 

Melons are a great fruit to add to your garden, it is truly a miracle watching a seed turn into a massive vine with huge fruit. They are a plant that climbs, so you’ll need to vertical frames to support their growth, which is great if you’re tight on space. Melons need about three months of hot weather to grow properly.

How Do I Grow Melon?

Melon seeds can be started indoors by planting a single seed in individual paper cups. They will take about 5-10 days to sprout at 70 F (temperatures up to 90 F are better). Transplant your seedlings outdoors once temperatures are consistently warm, or above 10 C (50 F) at night.

For a quicker start, look for transplants from your local nursery. 

As the growing season comes to a finish, pinch out the smaller melons so plant’s strength goes to larger melons.  Support half grown melons with slings so they don’t roll around and accidentally twist off.

Companion Plants

corn, radish, squash, sunflower, tomato

Nutrition

High water content, 29% of DV of Vitamin C

Harvesting

When you smell that strong melon scent and see the netting pattern they are ready to harvest. Pick your melons by holding the stem with one hand and twisting it off with the other. If you feel resistance stop, resistance is a signal that the melon isn’t ready yet.

Preparing and using

Melons are excellent to have with breakfast or dessert. They keep well at room temperature or in the fridge. 

    Helpful Tips and Tricks

    Before planting your melons make sure your vertical frames are strong enough to support their weight. You can gain experience growing small varieties of melon before growing the larger ones.