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Growing Rockmelon, also Canteloupe

(Cucumis melo)

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
                S S T T

(Best months for planting 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
  • 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

23 Apr 14, Barry (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
It seems a waste of vine to not be able to cook n eat it for rockies or watermelon. Any one know how to cook the vines and eat? Are they safe to eat?
11 Apr 14, Francois (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I do also put all my scraps from my vegy/ fruits juices directly into the soil. That's back in Feb and now I have rock melon flowers starting everywhere and 2 weeks ago I have my first 5 fruits growing so fast. Its very easy but need a lot of water morning and evening. I'm close to Brisbane.
26 Mar 14, Carolynne (Australia - tropical climate)
We put all our kitchen scraps in the garden and have very healthy rockmelon leaves coming up. Is it too early to plant them out?
18 Mar 14, Sachin (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
When is best time to cut rockmelon from plant
13 Mar 14, Marilynn chenhall (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Can I cook rockmelon flowers the same way as zucchini flowers I got given some of each from the school vege patch
10 Mar 14, john hallas (Australia - arid climate)
what do I feed them on, who sells it
17 Feb 14, Geoff (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Where can I get some rock-melon seeds for Western beauty Large yellow fruit with orange spots when fully ripe, sweet and juicy?
14 Feb 14, Taleatha.Mcfarlane (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Can you grow rockmelon seeds in a big patch of soil like other plants? Because I have to grow seeds at school I have my own patch of soil where plants have preversly grow in
06 Feb 14, Phil (Australia - temperate climate)
My new garden is smothered by vines of self germinating rockmelons from the compost bin. Had a tree removed and then enriched the soil with compost for the tomatoes -they are now competing with the rockies. With the unusually hot summer here in Tumut plus some generous seasol they are going gangbusters. Pity my wife doesn't like them .. so our neighbours and I will enjoy them.
24 Jan 14, My (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
If I waited until it is ripe, ant/bird ate before I harvested it. I tried once to harvest before it is ripe, the melon tasted very plain, not sweet. So, how do I prevent bird or ants eat the rock melons before I harvest?
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