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Growing Rockmelon, also Canteloupe

(Cucumis melo)

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

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

S = Plant undercover in seed trays. T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings. P = Plant direct in garden where they are to grow.


  • 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

21 Dec 14, Goanna (Australia - temperate climate)
Rockmelons do not ripen after being picked. They just go soft. Do not pick until they go orange and smell sweet.
28 Oct 14, Monica (Australia - tropical climate)
I still dont know which variety to plant in a country like Fiji. And i dont know why people over here are onlyconcentrating on sugarcane and stuff. Hardly anyone is concerned about these fruits
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
28 Oct 14, Monica (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Did you know that rock melon ripens after it is harvested? mate u should harvest it when it starts showing the stripes or breaks...
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?
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