Growing Rockmelon, also Canteloupe

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

(Best months for growing Rockmelon in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Sow seed

  • 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 68°F and 90°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 16 - 24 inches apart
  • Harvest in 10-16 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Sweetcorn, Sunflowers
  • Avoid growing close to: 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

12 Jan 21, Anthony (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
how to hand pollination rock melon flowers and which flower has to be treated to start fruit to grow
12 Jan 21, Liz (Australia - arid climate)
Hand pollination for melons with the male flower starts with carefully removing a male flower from the plant. Strip away the petals so that the stamen is left. Carefully insert the stamen into an open female flower and gently tap the stamen on the stigma (the sticky knob). Try to evenly coat the stigma with pollen. (From www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/melons/hand-pollinating-melons.htm) Female flowers have a tiny melon shaped bump behind the flower.
20 Dec 20, Kylie Mulders (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I threw a rotten rock melon outside. And now I've noticed plants coming up. I've got radishes growing where they are, is that ok. I live in the Adelaide hills.
21 Dec 20, (Australia - temperate climate)
Should be ok.
18 Dec 20, Neil Ashpole (Australia - temperate climate)
Hand Pollination, how is this done? (Gardenate - check some of the comments for pumpkin or zucchini. there are ideas for hand pollination)
04 May 20, Ian Fuller (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi, My French friend says he has not had rockmelons as tasty as he had back in France. He is in the food industry. Do they generally grow a different variety there and if so, is that variety available to grow (or perhaps buy) in Australia? We live in Sydney. He is such a nice guy that I would love to surprise him with a solution - perhaps some seeds of that variety. Thank you, Regards, Ian
05 May 20, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Go to a seed selling website Eden, Boondie, Seed Collection etc and ask him which if any look like the ones he had in France.
05 May 20, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
If you go on the internet and type 25 different melons you will see a website with 25 different melons from around the world. All different kinds and shapes. The melons grown in Australia today are far inferior to melons grown 20-30-40 years ago. Melons today have been breed for size, hardness for transport and shelf live in shops. ALL ABOUT WHAT THE SUPERMARKETS WANT. If you want to grow some try Hales Best. Grow in the spring.
01 Apr 20, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi there. Once I've harvested and eaten the delicious rockmelons, do i leave the plant there till next year? Or shall i pot it and bring it inside when it turns colder. Will it fruit again next year? Thanks so much!
02 Apr 20, Anon (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
You grow one crop over about 4-5 months and then dig them out. As the melons ripen the vines will die.
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I am planting Mango (Candy) Melon and they apear to be similar. What time of year to plant plz? Sub tropics around central Qld.

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