How to grow Muskmelon at Home - Home Gardening 

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How to plant Muskmelons:

  • The cantaloupe or muskmelon is a tender, warm-weather plant and grows best in very warm to hot weather.

  • Melons grow best in loose, well-drained, loamy soil rich in organic matter

  • Sow muskmelon seed in the garden grow bags and the seed will start germinating in 7 to 10 days

  • Transplants the seedlings into individual grow bags after 3 weeks and can be set directly into the garden.

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Muskmelon - Flowering & Pollination

  • Muskmelons produce male and female flowers on the same plant.

  • Male flowers appear a week before female flowers.

  • Female flowers have a small bulge near the stem end of the blossom.

  • Bees or other pollinators must carry pollen from male to female flowers for pollination, flowering, and fruit set to occur.

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Irrigate Muskmelons:

  • Muskmelons require plentiful regular, even watering for quick growing.

  • Give muskmelons at least 5 liters of water every day.

  • Water with drip irrigation to avoid wetting leaves. Wet leaves are susceptible to fungal diseases.

  • Keep the soil around muskmelons evenly moist from planting until the fruit begins to develop.

  • Dry soil a week before harvest will produce the sweetest melons.

  • Avoid watering plants overhead which can result in mildew.

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Harvesting Muskmelons:

  • Muskmelons will be ready for harvest 70 to 100 days after sowing.

  • When muskmelons reach full-size rinds change from green to tan or yellow and stems turn brown they are ready for harvest.

  • The skin under the netting will turn yellow-brown when the fruit is ripe and the netting will become more pronounced

  • A ripe melon will develop a circular crack where the stem attaches to the fruit.

  • Ripe melons will have a sweet aroma at the stem end.

  • Ripe melons will slip easily off the stem; a half-ripe melon will require more pressure and may come off with half the stem attached.

  • Harvest melons when they are dry.

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