Are you curious about how to grow melons? If so, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, you will find out how to prepare the seeds of a store-bought fruit-vegetable and how to plant them in a pot or in your garden. If you follow our advice, you will be able to grow your own melons from the end of September. So, keep reading!
What you need to know before you start
Some call it a fruit, others a vegetable. No matter which side you are on, you can easily grow melon at home. But before you start, check out the growing tips from the experts:
- Soil – Melons need well-drained, humus-rich soil. Before planting, therefore, improve the soil with plenty of organic material, such as manure or well-rotted compost. This will enrich it, but also retain a lot of moisture, which the plant needs for a good harvest.
- Sun – Melons require plenty of heat and good sunlight to grow well and fruit. So make sure they enjoy it for at least 8 hours a day.
- Watering – Water the melons thoroughly, but only once or twice a week. Gradually reduce the amount as the fruit ripens, to improve flavor. Also keep in mind that the leaves need to be kept dry, so avoid cannon watering systems.
- Fertilizer – Fish emulsion and kelp meal are some of the best natural fertilizers that will boost the growth and production of melons.
- Mulching – Mulching around melon plants is also beneficial. This will not only improve moisture retention, but also retard weed growth. Additionally, mulch, such as straw or shredded newspaper, will slowly add nitrogen-rich organic matter to the soil as it decomposes.
First of all, use the seeds of fully ripe fruits, otherwise they may not grow at all. You can even use spoiled fruit, as shown in the video below. Once you scoop them out with a spoon, scoop out the pulp and let them dry in a warm, airy place for 1-2 days. This will prevent the formation of mold and mildew. Some people use the seeds directly without drying them, so this method may also work.
In the video above, you’ll see a quick and easy method for growing melon from seed. For faster growth, plant them first in a mini greenhouse. This can be a plastic box for example. Within a week, the seeds will begin to germinate. Then you can transfer them to the garden or to pots.
Growing melons in pots
Fill the pot with good quality potting soil and place 4-5 seeds in the middle. Then cover them with 2.5 cm of soil and water well. Place the pot in a sunny spot and only water when the soil is dry. The use of fertilizer is important in this case, because the soil is limited so are the nutrients.
Growing melons in your garden
Rich in vitamin C and carotene, melon is a summer dessert, a tasty appetizer and an ideal ingredient for smoothies. If you are also a fan of it, do not think about what you can do with its seeds, but plant them in the garden. This is the most popular way to grow melons. Just be sure to leave a distance of about 1 meter between the plants, as they love to crawl and spread surprisingly quickly.
Growing melons tall
Climbing melons is a technique that is becoming increasingly popular. This will help you save a lot of space in the garden. But to do this, they need strong support. As soon as the vines are long enough to reach, gently tie them to the trellis. As the plant grows, continue to attach the tendrils to the support, if necessary.
It may also be necessary to provide support for the melons. As they grow, they may become too heavy and fall off before they are ripe. Use a mesh bag to avoid this.
Growing melons in the greenhouse
Growing melons in a greenhouse will guarantee you the best results and good protection against environmental conditions. This is important not only in the spring, when there is still a risk of frost, but also when you plant them mid-season. If you don’t have enough space in your garden for such a construction, use cloches (you can use cut plastic bottles) to protect the plant while it is still small and fragile.