Keep your kitchen garden growing - see what to plant right now

Growing Rockmelon, also Canteloupe

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

(Best months for growing Rockmelon in Australia - sub-tropical regions)

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

  • 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

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
21 Feb 16, joy (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi, i grew a uncertain melon plant. it looks like a rock melon plant since some tiny fruit have strips around the body. Does any one know how long could i get harvest. And also is this normal to have two baby melons getting yellowish while others look green.
15 Feb 16, Ruby (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi, I've planted rockmelon for first time. Plant was healthy and produced lots of flowers and fruit, but fruit is either splitting and being eaten by bugs (not sure which is happening first whether bugs are causing the splits or whether they're just taking advantage) before we get a chance to get to it. Plant itself looking very forlorn now. Doesn't look like powdery mildew but leaves are all dying back. What's eating my fruit?
12 Feb 16, Todd (Australia - tropical climate)
Hi l have rockmelons growing in a raised bed l had a couple of good ones but now l have a couple growing But it looks like something is eating it any idea what it is?
04 Feb 16, Melanie (Australia - temperate climate)
I've now had two seasons of rockmelons but I managed to pick them perfectly ripe each time! Its very exciting growing my very own rockmelon! In our garden there was a lot of fretting about when to harvest...... I did a lot of internet searching and they all said when the melon is no longer green between the veins, but that's not quite true as I have noticed even the ripe ones in the shops are still green between the veins. I agree with John when they start to smell sweet, feel heavy, the stem attaching them to the plant dries out and the green between the veins fades from the bright green to starting to be a dried out dusty looking green. Hope that helps!
30 Jan 16, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
How do you know when a rockmellon is ripe.
Showing 1 - 10 of 136 comments

Post a question, comment or tip about Rockmelon

Please provide your email address if you are hoping for a reply

All comments are reviewed before displaying on the site, so your posting will not appear immediately

Gardenate App

Buy the app for iPhone/iPod, iPad or Android and support the Gardenate website!

Planting reminders

Join 30,000+ gardeners who rely on Gardenate. Subscribe to our free planting reminders email newsletter

Home | Vegetables and herbs to plant | Climate zones | About Gardenate | Contact us | Privacy Policy

This planting guide is a general reference intended for home gardeners. We recommend that you take into account your local conditions in making planting decisions. Gardenate is not a farming or commercial advisory service. For specific advice, please contact your local plant suppliers, gardening groups, or agricultural department. The information on this site is presented in good faith, but we take no responsibility as to the accuracy of the information provided.

Hutchinson Software Pty Ltd, Armidale, NSW, Australia