Cantaloupe is a type of melon that provides fruit with a dull netted rind and sweet, orange flesh. The fruit is very low in calories and sodium but has many beneficial vitamins.
Sow Indoors / Plant Out
J F M A M J J A S O N D Sow Indoors Plant Out Harvest
How To Grow
Seeds can be sown direct but it is often better to start them off in pots under glass, especially in cooler climates. Plants need at least 80days of warm (above 21C or 70F) weather to grow well and produce fruit. Start seeds in 3-4 inch pots. then plant out in well-composted/manured soil. Melons hog space so plant 1 meter apart and then thin out as plants grow.
How/When To Harvesting
Melons take about 80 days to grow from when it is planted out. As this gets closer start to watch for when it becomes ripe. It is likely to be ripe If you see the stem leading to the fruit turning brown, the surface of the fruit going from shiny to dull, and if it gives off a dull hollow sound when knocked on.
- Sow Depth: 2.5 cm
- Spacing Between Rows: 200 cm
- Spacing Along Row: 100 cm
- Number plants per Square Foot: 0.5