Tuesday, March 6, 2012

How to Plant and Grow Cantaloupe

I know you will enjoy planting Cantaloupe as much as I do. Enjoy this sweet summer fruit as long as the plants continue to produce. They are easy to plant and maintain and will produce juicy fruit with a little care.

I filled up a 4’x4’x2’ high plastic bin with quality soil and mixed in some compost. I planted the seeds in a circle about 30” in diameter and then thinned to the strongest 5 plants. I mulched with wheat straw. As the plants grew bigger, I mulched even heavier to a depth of about 4 inches.

If I plant directly into the garden, I usually wait at least 2 weeks after the last frost. Cantaloupe doesn’t like frost or cold temperatures.  This is a heat loving plant, so the soil needs to be warm enough (about 70–75 degrees) when you plant the seed. Seeds will germinate in about 7-10 days and have the first set of true leaves within 12 to 14 days.

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  1. We have terrible problems with stink bugs that attack and kill any kind of melon, squash, or cucumber....any advice?

    1. I'm sorry that I cannot give you an answer. I am not a licensed pest control professional, and therefore, not allowed to make control recommendations.


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