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

Your comments and tips

22 Nov 09, Betty Menzies (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
My rock melons like to attach themselves to a vertical wire-netting fence. Should I encourage them to grow upwards as a vine, then support the fruit somehow, or are they better to remain growing along the ground?
10 Jan 10, Helen O'Toole (Australia - temperate climate)
We planted afew seeds and now we have have about 12 rockmelons that will be ready at the same time is there any way I can preserve them?
21 Jan 10, Helen (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I have RMs growing both climbing as well as crawling on the ground. They are all growing very well sized. How do I know when to harvest? I dont want to lose any of them. I live in Perth
20 Feb 15, Pam (Australia - temperate climate)
I have grown 2 huge rockmelons and one have picked 1 which doesn't have much flavour. I have always dug the vege scraps into the garden fertilised regularly and soil looks good. Anyone got any clue why Pam
11 Jan 16, Loren (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi, We're in Perth and have 5 vines. The two oldest vines sprouted together in situ and we already have 5 melons. We're novices so it's quite exciting getting the kids involved. So far no issues but thought I'd share!
26 Jan 10, lesley (Australia - tropical climate)
i have planted tomato seedlings and when i transplanted them, they died a few days later. what did i do wrong? I live in Darwin?
04 Sep 10, Robyn (Australia - tropical climate)
I'm in darwin as well and was told never to plant tomoto plants in the ground. Pots apparently work well.
07 Aug 10, (Australia - temperate climate)
how do you tell a good rock melon seed from the bad ones?
17 Sep 10, Jancis (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
Can you tell me anything about how long it takes until the leaves sprout from the seed tray? I need to know!!!
19 Sep 10, Mark (Australia - temperate climate)
A couple weeks ago (early september) I planted some Rockmelon seeds in a seed tray and most have come up. At how many weeks should I put them in the ground? I have about 10 seedlings going. How many fruite would I be expecting per plant.
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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.

- Anon

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