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Muskmelon Farming - How to grow Muskmelon

Muskmelon planting

How to plant Muskmelon:

  • Muskmelons do best in well-draining soil that’s a mix between loamy and sandy

  • Fertilize the soil with aged manure or compost before planting the seeds

  • Mulching the planting site with black plastic to  warm the soil ahead of planting, hinder weed growth and keep developing fruits clean.

  • Seeds should be planted in one inches deep and about 3 feet apart.

  • Irrigate the area when you are finished planting

Muskmelon flowering

Irrigation for Muskmelon:

  • Muskmelon plants needs at least 1-2 inches of water per week

  • Use drip irrigation to keep plants consistently and evenly watered

  • Be careful not to overwater your plants, as this can cause your melons to rot.

  • Ensure Mulching around the plants can help to retain moisture

  • Reduce watering once fruits are growing

Muskmelon Fertilizing

Fertilizer for Muskmelons

  • Muskmelon plants produce male and female flowers separately on the same plant.

  • They often begin producing male flowers several weeks before the females appear.

  • Fertilize the Muskmelon plants immediately after the plants start flowering

  • Liquid Fertilizer like Fish Amino or Panjakavya can be diluted in water can be applied as foliar spray.

  • Boron rich Liquid Fertilizer should be applied after 45 days to prevent Melons from breaking.

Muskmelon Harvesting

Harvest Muskmelons:

  • Muskmelon will be ready for harvest when rinds begin to change from green to tan or yellow.

  • Look for a crack in the stem where it attaches to the fruit. This is a sign of ripeness as well.

  • Muskmelon will  be easy to separate from the vine when the fruit is mature.

  • If the stem has to be removed forcibly from the melon, it is not fully mature.

  • Melons will soften after harvesting and will not continue to sweeten off the vine.

  • Muskmelon can be stored uncut for 5 or 6 days. 

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