Rock Melon Growing Guide

Rock Melon, also known as Cantaloupe

Crop Rotation Group

Cucurbits (Squash family) 

Soil

Rich, moisture-retentive soil with plenty of compost dug in.

Position

Full sun.

Frost tolerant

No.

Feeding

After plants set fruit, feed twice, at two week intervals, with a water soluble, organic plant food.

Spacing

Single Plants: 90cm (2' 11") each way (minimum)
Rows: 90cm (2' 11") with 90cm (2' 11") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Best direct sown once soil has warmed and there is no longer a risk of frost. If your growing season is short they can be started inside in pots to get a head start.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Keep moist by watering regularly. If space is limited, pinch out the growing tip once the plant has made three leaves and do the same to side shoots as they appear.

Harvesting

Harvest fruit when it slips from the stem.

Troubleshooting

Control weeds early and then mulch to avoid trampling the vines after fruits have set.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Rock Melon

Plant Diseases which Affect Rock Melon