Melon Plant Info:
How To Grow Melons In A POT?
The first thing to do when planting melons is to make sure they are well rooted. You need to dig a hole big enough for your melon plants to stand up in and then put some soil down around them so they don’t get roots all over the place. You want your plants to have good drainage too! If you let them sit there and rot, it will kill them.
You can use potting soil or peat moss. I personally like using peat because it’s easy to work with and doesn’t require much attention. However, if you’re going to be doing any heavy watering, then you’ll probably want to use potting soil. Peat moss is great for small amounts of water but it won’t hold very much. So, just remember to keep watering your melons in between watering them in the garden.
If you’re planning on putting your melons into a container, then you’ll want to choose something that’s sturdy and durable. I recommend plastic containers because they last longer than metal ones (which tend to break). Metal containers can crack from bending and breaking. It’s best to use a thick plastic container.
You can also use 5-gallon buckets with holes in the bottom for drainage. You’ll most likely need to poke several holes in the bottom for good draining. You don’t want anything sitting in water. This will rot the roots and kill the plant. You can add a bottom to your buckets if you need to (like screen or wire mesh).
TIP: You can also use old tires! Just cut a hole in the bottom for drainage and bury them around your melon plants.
You can also put your melons in a raised bed (just be sure it doesn’t get too hot in the sun). Raised beds are great because you can control the soil that goes into them. You can add different types of soil and even mix in some compost or manure. This will give your melons a good, fertile start. Melons do best in at least rich soil.
How Many Cantaloupe Per Plant?
You can expect one cantaloupe plant to give you around 5-10 melons. You’ll get even more if you pick them small! However, they will take a little longer to mature if you pick them smaller. I wouldn’t pick them under a pound.
How To Grow Melons In A GREENHOUSE?
Melons do great in greenhouses! You can give them a head start by putting them in one. This way, you’ll have ripe melons a lot sooner! If you’re growing more than one in a greenhouse, you’ll want to make sure there’s enough room for all of them to get plenty of sun.
If it gets too humid in the greenhouse, it could cause your melons to rot. You’ll also need to water them more frequently. But, the upside is that you don’t have to worry about frost!
How To Grow A Cantaloupe In A Container
Planting a cantaloupe in a container is very similar to planting them directly in the ground. The main difference is you’ll need to water more often. Also, make sure your container is made out of something that won’t break when you water it (like a heavy duty plastic).
You shouldn’t have to pay much attention to your container melon (except maybe to move it under some shade). Container plants just need more TLC than their outside counterparts.
If your container gets too hot, you can actually float them in a pool of water. This will give them enough moisture without the bottom rotting out. You’ll still want to keep an eye on them though.
Make sure you choose a sunny spot for your container plant!
How To Water Cantaloupes
Cantaloupes like a lot of water. When you first put them in the ground, make sure to water them thoroughly. You can also add some organic fertilizer to the area (fertilizer should have an N-P-K ratio of at least 5-5-5). Now is also a good time to mulch the base of the plant.
From there, you’ll want to keep the soil consistently moist. You can water it every few days, depending on how hot it is. In really hot weather, you may have to water your plant every day. Make sure you don’t let the plant sit in water. This will cause the roots to rot.
You can also use a drip irrigation system hooked up to a timer. This will help your water go further and keep the soil from getting too saturated. There are also self-watering planters made especially for plants like melons.
Cantaloupes like a lot of water, but don’t over do it! If you see your leaves starting to wilt, you should give them a good watering.
When Is My Cantaloupe Ready To Pick?
You’ll know when your cantaloupe is ripe because the vines will start to die back. You may notice that the stem has pulled away from the vine as well. The best way to tell if cantaloupes are ready to pick, though, is by looking at its spot. It should be a nice, creamy yellow. Any green spots mean it’s not quite ready.
Picking your melons when they’re ripe is important! If you leave them on the vine too long, it can cause them to become mealy. If you pick them too early, they won’t taste very good and they won’t have that nice, creamy inside.
How To Store My Cantaloupe
You can store your cantaloupes for a couple of weeks by leaving them out on your kitchen counter. Just make sure to keep them out of direct sunlight and don’t let them get too warm. This also goes for storing them in the fridge.
You can extend this time period a bit by keeping them in a cool basement or root cellar. If you really need to store them for a longer period of time, you can freeze them. Just make sure they remain in good condition by checking on them every couple of weeks.
To thaw them out, just leave them in your kitchen at normal room temperature. Don’t put them in the fridge to thaw. You’ll notice that they’re slightly softer when they’ve been in the freezer, but this won’t affect the taste at all.
Cantaloupes Are Great!
Now you see why cantaloupes are so popular during the summer months. They’re simple to grow and easy to take care of. Not to mention, they’re a great treat! With these tips, you’ll have an easy time growing cantaloupes in your own garden.
If you don’t have a garden of your own, there’s no reason to worry. You can always start one indoors in pots or buy them from your local nursery or farm!
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