Melon Growing Guide

Cucumis melo


Crop Rotation Group

Cucurbits (Squash family) 


Rich, moisture-retentive soil with plenty of compost dug in.


Full sun.

Frost tolerant



When they start flowering, feed with a slow release, potassium rich organic fertiliser. After plants set fruit, feed twice, at two week intervals, with a water soluble plant food.


Single Plants: 90cm (2' 11") each way (minimum)
Rows: 90cm (2' 11") with 90cm (2' 11") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Frost areas: sow under cover 6 weeks before last spring frost. Plant out in late spring, when the weather is settled and warm. Frost free areas: Sow seed directly or in seed beds/seed trays in spring
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Keep moist by watering regularly. Pinch out the growing tip once the plant has made three leaves and do the same to side shoots as they appear.


Harvest fruit as soon as it feels slightly soft when the ends are pressed.


Control weeds early and then mulch to avoid trampling the vines after fruits have set.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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