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Growing Cantaloupe

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Cantaloupe can be expensive to buy at the store. Growing your own can help save you money. This is a guide about growing cantaloupe.
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September 8, 20170 found this helpful

The number of melons produced by a cantaloup vine will depend on growing conditions and the variety planted, as well as, a bit of gardener intervention. This is a guide about, "How many cantaloupes grow from a plant?".

Cantaloupes growing.

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September 8, 20170 found this helpful

Many types of melons and fruits can be grown in containers. Growing cantaloupes in containers is not hard but does require some extra attention.

Cantaloupes plants growing in containers.

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September 7, 20170 found this helpful

Several conditions can halt the growth of melons, including temperatures that are too cool, and either too much or too little water. So if your cantaloupes or watermelons stop growing check to see if any of these conditions apply.

Cantaloupes and Watermelon

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October 19, 20060 found this helpful

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I am growing cantaloupes for the first time and every time the melon starts to get big, it cracks and gets invaded with ants. Any suggestions on what I should do to prevent this?

Hardiness Zone: 8b

Gwyn from Foresthill, CA

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Gwyn,

Cracking is a problem commonly face by gardeners growing all types of melons. Like all melons, cantaloupes need a constant supply of soil moisture when they are becoming established, and throughout their growth and fruit development stages. If cantaloupes are grown in poorly drained soil, they may split or crack if excessive moisture is persistent at maturity. They may also crack when heavy rain or irrigation follows a dry spell-regardless of how well drained the soil is. Maintaining even soil moisture levels throughout the growing season is the key to avoiding this problem. Cantaloupe crops should not be irrigated when the melons are ripening. Not only will this cause some of the melons to split and crack, but it will also result in lower sugar content and less sweet tasting melons. Sometimes weather conditions make controlling soil moisture difficult. Certain varieties (e.g. Earliqueen, Athena) have been developed to produce rinds that are less resistant to cracking. There are many to choose from, so ask your favorite nursery or seed company what they recommend. Using black plastic or mulch will also help control weeds and moisture levels, as well as keeping soil temperatures nice and warm.

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Ellen

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August 20, 20120 found this helpful

Our cantaloupes are not sweet. Why?

By Robert H. from Salem, AL

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August 28, 20120 found this helpful
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Maybe the variety, the amount of rain, the temperature conditions, the minerals in your soil, the time picked, or any number of other things. Remember, vidalia onions only get their unique flavor because of the soil in Georgia; if grown any place else, they do not taste the same.

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September 15, 20110 found this helpful

We live northeast of Spokane, Washington in zone 5. When should I put the cover on my cantaloupes? It has been hot during the days, but now it is in the high 70s and cooling off at night to in the 40s.
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By Betty G.

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September 15, 20110 found this helpful
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Your local weather forecast will tell you when there is a chance of frost. 32 degrees is the freezing point. You shouldn't have to worry about covering anything until the weather forecasts say it will be that cold. Even then it will depend on how long the temperature stays that cold.

Here in southeast SD it got down to 32 degrees about 6AM this morning, but didn't stay that cold long enough to be considered a hard freeze. Today it only got up to about 60 degrees. When did you plant them? It seems to me like they should already be harvested. Here in South Dakota, the home grown melons of any type were being sold in roadside stands and stores for more than two weeks.

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July 17, 2010

This is the first year I've planted cantaloupe. Do they start out green and then turn to tan? I have several about 8 in. in diameter.

By Don from Piqua, OH

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July 17, 20100 found this helpful
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Yes, they start out green, then ripen to a tan color.

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September 8, 2010

I have cantaloupe plants that had bloomed with yellow small flowers. Am I suppose remove the blossoms for the fruit to grow or not? I don't want to kill my fresh produce.

Hardiness Zone: 6a

By Trudy from PA

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September 9, 20100 found this helpful

The flowers are what turns into fruit, just like apple blossoms turn into apples, etc.

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September 10, 20100 found this helpful

Leave the flowers alone. It has to bloom and when the bees have pollenated the flowers they later fall off and the fruit grows on that stem.

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September 11, 20100 found this helpful

Not every flower will produce fruit. There are both male and female flowers, and the female ones will develop fruit after the bees pollinate them.

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September 27, 2015

I noticed that on some of my cantaloupe plants, the leaves have withered and cracked/broken (see image). Does anyone know what this might be caused by?

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October 2, 20150 found this helpful

melon plants will die back naturally in the fall. Their job is done and the melons will continue to ripen on their own.

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January 24, 20140 found this helpful

When, as in what month, do you plant cantaloupe seeds? I live in zone 8.

By Kat from TX

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August 28, 20170 found this helpful

You can start seeds indoors in March and transplant them around May or when the weather is warm with no chance of frost at night. You can sow them straight in the garden but many people have better luck when pre-sprouting them indoors.

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July 6, 20120 found this helpful

I have long beautiful vines with lots of blossoms, but no fruit. Why?

By Vickey M. from Concord, NC

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July 9, 20120 found this helpful

Perhaps an animal is eating the blooms. I had a great watermelon growing in my yard Everyday I would go out & water it. Suddenly, there was this beautiful baby watermelon on the vine. And it grew & grew until it was the size of a soft ball and then stopped. Perplexed about this I fed it plant food and still no more growth. So I finally grabbed it and then I had the answer. The front side of the fruit which I could see was perfect. However, the backside had been eaten by a squirrel and was completely gone.

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April 28, 20120 found this helpful

How far apart do I plant the seeds to grow cantaloupes?

By Pat

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August 28, 20170 found this helpful

Cantaloupes grow best on hills. You can start out planting 4-5 seeds per hill and then thin them. Make 3 foot wide hills and space them 5 feet apart with 2-3 plants per hill.

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September 13, 20120 found this helpful

My cantaloupe are small, seems to have stopped growing. It had been watered when the yard was, 3x a week, but I've cut it down to 2x a week. Have I over watered it?

Rita

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October 3, 20110 found this helpful

How soon can I plant cantaloupe in the spring and what's the best container?

By Bob

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July 31, 20110 found this helpful

This is my first time growing cantaloupes and the vines are beautiful with nice large fruit, however, the fruit is not sweet at all. I do not pick them until they are ripe and have come loose from the vine. Do I need to add something to the soil to make them sweeter?

By Karen

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Our first cantaloupe. That is a six inch ruler lying by the first picture.

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Taken in my kitchen in Knoxville, TN

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September 8, 20100 found this helpful

I have lovely cantaloupe vines that had lots of blooms that were covered with insects, but only have one melon. How do I get them to produce more melons?

Hardiness Zone: 7b

By mooncat2 from NC

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July 17, 20100 found this helpful

My cantaloupe plant was doing good at first, but after the fruit starts the leaves and vine starts to die. This is the second season now that this has happened. It is getting good water, drainage, and fertilizer. What could be wrong?

Hardiness Zone: 9b

By gman from central FL

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Growing Cantaloupe

Sunlight, Ph of the soil, a fungus in the soil, too much water during the beginning stages? (12/06/2009)

By Carol L.

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December 5, 20090 found this helpful

My cantaloupes have had hundreds of blooms for several weeks, but no fruit forms. Bees and yellow jacket wasps are visiting the blooms constantly. What can I do to get fruit?

Hardiness Zone: 7b

By jspears from Argyle, TX

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July 14, 20090 found this helpful

My cantaloupe vines look horrible. They are brown and dry, yet they get watered a few times a week. I have them in a raised vegetable garden and I live in Florida. What could be wrong?

Hardiness Zone: 8b

By peereaux from Santa Rosa Beach, FL

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Growing Cantaloupe

A few times a week? I'm watering my stuff daily. It's looking good. (05/31/2009)

By Glenn'sMom

Growing Cantaloupe

http://www.mainstreetseedandsupply.com/growing-cantaloupe.htm

http://www.gardenersnet.com/vegetable/cantlope.htm-good luck.

http://howtogardenguide.com/2009/03/26/growing-cantaloupe-or-melons/ (06/01/2009)

By kffrmw88

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July 9, 20090 found this helpful

Growing Cantaloupes
Has anyone grown cantaloupes? I tried this year, just for fun. Only a few seeds grew and I have one cantaloupe. It is trailing up a tomato stake. Any ideas? Should I put it in a net so it doesn't break off? It is now the size of a baseball.

Hardiness Zone: 5b

Valery from Cranford, NJ

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Growing Cantaloupes

You can cut the bottom off a pair of panty hose and put a melon in each of them. Then tie it to your stake. The hose will expand with the melons.

(03/27/2008)

By ROSE

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July 30, 20070 found this helpful

Q: I am trying to grow cantaloupes. The plant is growing and has blooms. When can I expect the actual fruit to show. Also will it come from a bloom? Your help is appreciated.

Joe from Texas

A: Joe,

Your cantaloupes will appear from behind the blooms. They will look like small round balls at first and then gradually grow larger similar to the way pumpkin or watermelon does. As these melons start to grow they are quite prone to rotting compared to other vine fruits and vegetables. To prevent this, you can rot-proof them by placing each melon on an overturned tin can or on top of a small plastic pail. Many people also erect a strong trellis near the vine and hang the melons in slings attached to the trellis made from old panty hose. Erecting a climbing support also saves room in the garden as these vines tend to go willy-nilly once they really get growing. The smell of cantaloupes also acts like a magnet to attract rodents, so caging the fruits with small gauge wire is also a good idea. Keep the soil moist by watering deeply, especially during dry periods. After the fruit sets, use compost tea or another organic fertilizer to give them a boost. A sweet-smelling melon that separates easily from the vine is one that is ripe for picking.

Good luck!

Ellen

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Growing Cantaloupes

The cantaloupe will appear shortly after the bloom. Now that they have bloomed, for really sweet and big melons, apply a fish elmusion solution. Follow the manufactures instructions on the bottle. Well worth it. (05/25/2006)

By Janice M.

Growing Cantaloupes

Dear Joe-- I also live in Texas and have found that squirrels can do a lot of damage to melons. If you can try and make a box of steel mesh-- like chicken wire. Then cover the melons with this. My dad also used these boxes for tomatoes. We had wonderful veggies without critter damage. Take care, Hannah (05/25/2006)

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Growing Cantaloupes

Yes, the cantaloupe will come from the bloom. It will take approximately 2 months from the time you see the first bloom until you can harvest. Cantaloupes, like watermelons, take LOTS of water so be prepared. Also, you will notice as time goes on that the vines are going everywhere. Just redirect their path without suckering or clipping, and wait for that first delicious melon. Be patient and let it fully mature before harvesting, but be vigilant to harvest when mature. Racoons can decimate a crop overnight, and there is nothing worse than having to pitch melons that the varmints have gorged on. The sweet perfume of the melons will attrack them, too. (05/27/2006)

By ronsan

Growing Cantaloupes

When your cantaloupes start to grow you can use a plastic milk jug to lay it on so that the melon doesn't rot. Just cut a milk jug in half lengthwise, lay one half on the ground and set the ripening cantaloupe inside. This will also discourage animals from eating your melons before you do. (06/02/2006)

By luv2craft

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