Find out how to grow rockmelon in your garden, including sun requirements, planting tips, feeding, and when to harvest.

Soil

What soil is good for Rockmelon (Cantaloupe)?

 Rich, moisture retentive soil with plenty of compost mixed in.

Position

How much sun does Rockmelon (Cantaloupe) need?

Full sun

Frost Tolerant

Is Rockmelon (Cantaloupe) frost tolerant?

No

Spacing

How much space does Rockmelon (Cantaloupe) need?

Roughly 1m apart 

Planting

When should I plant Rockmelon (Cantaloupe)?

Rockmelons are a warm season crop, best planted in temperatures between 18.5 and 30°C (65–86°F). Sow seeds in spring or transplant seedlings once the danger of frost has passed.

If transplanting seedlings, plant out in the early morning or evening and/or on an overcast day. Avoid planting at peak sun times or on windy days, this will allow your plants to settle in comfortably and protect them from windburn and sunburn. 

Feeding

What do I feed Rockmelon (Cantaloupe)?

 Regular application of organic fertiliser throughout the season. 

Harvesting

When can I harvest Rockmelon (Cantaloupe)?

Harvest when the stalk that attaches the melon to the vine begins to wither and the melon can be pulled away easily. The melon will also have a sweet smell which is another good sign that it is ready to eat.

Pests

What pests does Rockmelon (Cantaloupe) get?

Aphids, Spider mites, Thrips, Slugs, Snail, Squash Bugs, Cucumber Beetle, 28 Spotted Ladybug

Diseases

What diseases does Rockmelon (Cantaloupe) get?

 Mosaic Virus, Anthracnose, Powdery Mildew, Bacterial Wilt, Bacterial Leaf Spot, Phytophthora fruit and Crown Rot

Notes

Is there anything else I need to know about Rockmelon (Cantaloupe)?

Rockmelons can be grown along the ground or trained up a trellis. If growing along the ground, mulch the area to control weeds and to keep the fruit from coming into contact with the soil. 

 

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