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Growing Rockmelon, also Canteloupe

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
                S S T T

(Best months for growing Rockmelon in Australia - temperate regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays. T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings.

September: Frost tender

  • Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 20°C and 32°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 40 - 60 cm apart
  • Harvest in 10-16 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow in same bed): Sweetcorn, Sunflowers
  • Avoid growing in same bed: Potatoes
  • Leaves and flowers
    Leaves and flowers
  • Young melons
    Young melons

Start in small pots then transplant when no danger of frosts. Plant into a raised mound to provide good drainage and warmth. Provide plenty of water.

Ready to use when the fruit falls from the vine

In the United Kingdom start the seeds in a heated greenhouse with plenty of light.

Rockmelons may need hand pollination with a soft brush.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Rockmelon

Cut in half and scoop out and discard the seeds.
Sprinkle with some ground ginger or serve plain.

Your comments and tips

29 Jan 17, Kiara Brown (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi I'm growing rockmelon and they are about 8cm big. Something has been eating them do you know what it could be?how do I fix and it is also eating my cucumber?
04 Feb 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
I forgot to dd that unfortuately the fruit that has been attacked will probably shrivel and die depending on the extent of the damage. Trust this helps.
04 Feb 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
If it is a chewing pest (Caterpillar) use Yates Natures Way insecticide. I don't like to recommend brands but this product is organic and is harmless to anything but caterpillars. It is actually a bacteria that stops the caterpillar from eating. The caterpillar can be eaten by a bird with no effect. Trust this helps.
05 Feb 17, Mark Davies (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Just had a heap of caterpillars in my cucumbers. I made a mix of garlic, chilli and a teaspoon of detergent. Sprayed for a couple of days. No caterpillars
24 Jan 17, Michalo (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi I've just started a vegepatch and I had a hole due to using the soil for my raised garden beds. I would use this hole as composed scrap pit. I smashed up a rock melon which was starting Rot tree it the hole and covered it up wit horse manure. To my surprise I have vertically every seed as germanated and sprouted. I was wondering as this has happened in summer will this be a problem due to being cluttered together and out of the recommend growing seasonal time frame. Thanks Michalo
26 Jan 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
This type of composting, called 'pit composting' can produce some stunning results. Thin the seedlings out to 2 or 3 and let them go. If you cut the growing shoot off after 2 or 3 rockmelon have formed this will allow all the growwth to go into the melons. You still stand a chance of getting some ripe melons from it.
30 Dec 16, Anthony Melzer (Australia - temperate climate)
We thought we were planting cucumbers so we helped them climb will the melons be to heavy for this what can we do
03 Jan 17, John Mauger (Australia - temperate climate)
Melons will certainly grow on a trellis. Make a 'hammock' out of a citrus bag or stocking and tie it to your frame as they get a bit bigger so the stems don't break. Also reduces rotting which could happen on the ground. All the best
05 Sep 16, Domenic Agostino (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Could you please tell me the name of the variety of rockmelons currently available in Australia. Eg: hard rocks/ stripped Thanks.
31 Aug 16, Alex (Australia - temperate climate)
how do I maintain snow peas against the frost i have no were else to plant them but in the paddock HELP
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