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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

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
20 Jun 16, jake (USA - Zone 4a climate)
The melon is splitting because its getting to much water
05 Apr 16, Michael (Australia - temperate climate)
when they stop growing in size and the leaves start to wilt
03 Apr 16, Alice (Australia - temperate climate)
When do you harvest the melon from the vine. i have 3, 1 i am sure is ready.
25 Feb 16, Lindsay (Australia - temperate climate)
I have 5 rockmelon plants growing nicely. They are covered in flowers, BUT only Male flowers. I can't see any Female flowers and hence I've had only 1 small melon. What can I do to encourage some female flowers and melons? Thanks
17 Mar 16, William (Australia - temperate climate)
Lindsay, if you are still having trouble with getting female flowers, try adding blood & bone liberally and either composted sheep or cow manure. Also, when you see a runner with lots of male flowers, chop off the end. This should promote some runners from the same one, probably with females. I leave 2 - 3 males on the stem then dock all runners... remember, one male flower can polinate all the open female flowers!
28 Feb 16, Linda (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Lindsay, I don't know what fertilizer your using, but, I've been told that if you use chicken manure to grow watermelons, they will grow heaps of male flowers at the expense of female flowers, this may apply to other types of melons as well, I need to research this but thought it was something to think about when prepping your soil next season, hope this helps, Cheers, Linda
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