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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

08 Oct 15, Azed (Australia - temperate climate)
will different rockmelon varieties cross pollinate if planted close to each other
02 Oct 15, Maddy (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi, I have a big pile of dirt out the back of my house and lately a small melon type fruit has grown in it. Was wondering if there is a way to tell you what it is?
06 Oct 15, Bob (Australia - temperate climate)
Hello, They are probably paddy melons
17 Sep 15, Col Henssler (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
will rockmelon grow in Busselton W.A. Australia
11 May 15, tony (Australia - temperate climate)
can you grow rockmelons in the cooler months
01 Jul 15, Max nicholas (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Not unless you have a green house, rockmelons grow best in hot climates. The frost wouls also kill them even if they were fully grown.
08 Apr 15, karl (Australia - temperate climate)
How long does it take for the rockmelon to ripen.once the vine has died off.thankyou....karl.
23 Mar 15, (Australia - arid climate)
"Pick on the Slip" -They will slip off the bush, so where the vine connects to the fruit it will break. you can sometimes see the stem connections starting to shrink. but if you lift up the fruit and it falls off its ready.
21 Mar 15, Russell (Australia - temperate climate)
How to know melons are ready to eat
21 Mar 15, Athalie (Australia - arid climate)
Our rockmelons came up by themselves and we will be picking soon. How long will a rockmelon last when picked?
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