- In a cooler climate melons can be rather tricky
to grow. However, with the protection of a
greenhouse or poly tunnel it is possible to get a
- If you live in a cooler climate such as the UK it is
best to try to grow Cantaloupe, as they are the most
likely to ripen.
- Plant melons out in the warmest sunniest part of the garden.
- Melons will appreciate lots of organic matter dug into the soil.
Sowing and Growing
- Start to sow inside or in propagators in mid spring. Make sure the minimum temperature is 15C before trying to sow for the best germination rates.
- Plant out in the greenhouse in May or June.
- The best time to plant out is when three or four true leaves have formed.
- They will grow the best once the minimum temperature is 18C.
- My preferred method of growing melons is in 30cm pots, however, if you are planting in rows space 60cm apart.
- Always keep your melons well-watered.
-They will appreciate a liquid feed once a week while fruiting
-If you are growing inside a greenhouse make sure to hand pollinate the flowers. To do this just tickle the flowers with a little paint brush.
- Keep no more than four fruits per plant to ensure all fruits ripen
- Pinch outside shoots after two leaves have grown after a female flower. Pinch out the top of the plant once it reaches 5ft tall to encourage side shoots
- Once the fruits start to appear lift them off the floor by adding some straw under the fruit to prevent any potential rot. If your plant is growing up a trellis make sure to protect the fruits with a net to support the weight.
- Approximate time from sowing to harvest is 13-16 weeks depending on the variety and weather.
- If the fruits have a lovely melon fragrance when you are stood near the plant this is great sign they are ready for harvest.
- The stalks around the melon tend to soften when the fruit is ready to harvest.
- Cantaloupe: Charentais, Edonis, Ogen, Sweetheart
- Musk: Blenheim Orange