Cantaloupe is a warm loving fruit which has a long growing season. Today we’ll show you how to grow cantaloupe in your own garden and enjoy this delicious, healthy fruit all season long! Cantaloupes are actually a type of muskmelon, and so, they’re actually not really cantaloupes at all, though most people call them cantaloupes. For the sake of avoiding confusion, we’ll refer to the fruit as cantaloupe and not muskmelon.
How to Grow Cantaloupe in Your Garden
- Before planting, amend the soil with compost or manure.
- We recommend growing cantaloupes in raised rows which ensures good drainage.
- If you live in a cooler climate, start seeds indoors a month before transplanting.
- Cantaloupe seedlings are very sensitive, so do not transplant until all danger of spring frost has passed.
- If you live in a warmer climate, you can sow seeds directly outdoors as long as the soil temperature is at least 65F.
- Plant the seeds once inch deep, 18 inches apart, and 3 feet apart in hills.
- If you don’t have a lot of space, you can train the vines to be supported on a trellis or a fence.
Caring for Cantaloupe:
- Add lots of compost to the area before transplanting as cantaloupes like loamy, well drained soil.
- Mulch with black plastic to warm the soil and hinder weed growth.
- Fertilize once the vines start growing.
- Water about 1-2 inches per week while your cantaloupes are growing.
- Reduce watering once once fruit are growing. Cantaloupes taste sweeter in dry weather.
- Once fruit has begun to grow, prune end buds off vines.
- Most varieties will be ready to harvest between 70-90 days.
- Once rinds from green to tan or yellow, your cantaloupe is ready to be harvested.
- Harvest cantaloupe while vines are dry.