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Cantaloupe Seeds (Muskmelon)

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Muskmelon (Cucumis melo) belongs to the family of Cucurbits. In common usage, it comes under the category of fruits but in cultivation practices, it is treated as vegetable. The plant requires 6 to 8 hours of daily sunlight in order to produce fully formed melons. Muskmelon seed kernels are edible and nutritious, since they are rich in oils and energy.

Lights, Water, Action

Got the seeds, now, let'em shoot!

  • Bright Indirect Sunlight

    Light

    Full sunlight

  • Water Once A Week

    Watering

    Water everyday

  • Indoor

    Where to grow

    Balcony or terrace

  • Average Warmth

    Time Till Harvest

    12-13 weeks

  • Low Maintenance

    Seasonal Information

    Summer

Did You Know

Growth stages

One step at a time, with a lil water and light.

Sow the seeds in a big pot and water it daily

Sow the seeds 0.5 cm deep in well composted soil

Make sure the plant gets partial sunlight

Space the seedlings at 150cm by 50cm

Create a support system for the leaves and stems

Germination will take place in 6-8 days

Create a support system for the leaves and stems

Harvest 100-110 days from sowing

Sow, Grow, Reap

Good things take time and care

Take a seedling tray with medium sized cells & drainage holes at the

Sowing

  • Best time to sow Muskmelon Seeds is from November to march.
  • Muskmelon is grown on the ground, open farmland or yard gardens. Seeds are sown directly on outdoor raised beds.
  • Fertile, well-drained, sandy soil with plenty of organic manures is needed.
  • Sow two to three seeds per spot in a spacing of 3 x 3 ft.
  • Push the seeds a little in soil with your fingers & completely cover them with surrounding soil.
  • Water the sown seed bed immediately by a light shower with a watering can.
  • Seeds will germinate within the first 6-8 days or so & tiny sprouts will be visible.
  • Second week onwards, seedlings will start growing into a small plants
  • Three weeks after germination, only single, healthy seedlings are allowed to grow at one spot & other slow growing seedlings are thinned out.
Fill the cells/cups with a moist coco-peat medium

Caring

  • Muskmelon plants require full sunlight.
  • A good source of irrigation is essential. If grown on a large scale, a drip irrigation system is recommended.
  • Muskmelon is cultivated on raised beds and water is allowed in the furrows so that water does not touch the collar of the plant. Otherwise stem rot may take place.
  • Because muskmelon fruits are large, the vine is not grown on a trellis; it is rather allowed to trail on raised beds.
  • Add good quality organic manure in the soil with 2:1 ratio before sowing seeds. Organic manure can be well rotten cow dung manure, farmyard manure, Compost or Vermicompost.
  • Always look for the early signs of any insect/fungal/ any other infections. Spay appropriate medicines as soon as any symptoms of such diseases are spotted. Watch out for Powdery Mildew when plants are young.
  • Muskmelon plants have separate Male & female flowers on the same plant. Fruits will be formed on female flowers after pollination.
  • Hand pollination of flowers: Take ‘pollens’ from male flowers on painting brush or cotton bud & dust them on ‘stigma’ of female flowers. This will increase the chances of getting more melons. This step is not mandatory.
  • On an average, the fruits ripen 3 months after sowing.
  • Frequency of irrigation should be reduced during the fruit maturity period to get sweeter melons.
Hold the seeds and sow 2-3 seeds per cell/cup. Since Lavender seeds are small in size, do not sow them deep

Common Problems

Why is my Muskmelon Plant not growing?
Muskmelon requires a hot, dry climate and a long growing season preferably with warmer days and cooler nights. Avoid growing muskmelon during the rainy season or cold winters.
Why is my plant dying?
Muskmelon thrives in hot and dry climates in sandy soil and hates rain, cold or waterlogged conditions. High humidity increases the incidence of diseases, particularly those affecting foliage.

Spill the tea

All the plant gossip, through the grapevine. Pun intended

Plants growing in containers need more fertilizing than those in the ground. The more you water, the more quickly you flush the nutrients out of the soil.

Plants with benefits

Muskmelons are good for eyesight, they improve skin health, are good for immunity, promote hair growth, regulate blood pressure, and promote digestion.

Plants growing in containers need more fertilizing than those in the ground. The more you water, the more quickly you flush the nutrients out of the soil.

What you get

Rich in vitamin A, B and C, and calcium, phosphorus and iron, muskmelon provides a wholesome food. Per 100 gram serving, cantaloupe melons provide 34 calories and are a rich source (20% or more the Daily Value, DV) of vitamin A (68% DV) and vitamin C (61% DV), with other nutrients at a negligible level. Melons are 90% water and 9% carbohydrates, with less than 1% each of protein and fat.

Plants growing in containers need more fertilizing than those in the ground. The more you water, the more quickly you flush the nutrients out of the soil.
Plants growing in containers need more fertilizing than those in the ground. The more you water, the more quickly you flush the nutrients out of the soil.

Green trivia

1.Unripe muskmelons are eaten as vegetables by village folks in India.

2.Muskmelon is named so because of the delighful smell of its ripe fruits. Musk is a Persian word for perfume and melon is derived from a Latin word melopepo, which means "apple-shaped melon".

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to get sweet muskmelons on my plant?

It is said that the hotter and drier the season, the sweeter is the fruit. Dry weather with clear sunshine during ripening ensures a high sugar content, and better flavour. Also cool nights and warm days are ideal for accumulation of sugars in fruits.

What type of soil does the crop need?

Sandy loam soils are best. Alluvial riverbeds are also good for watermelon. The soil should be well drained and should have ample organic matter.

How often do you water this crop?

Maintaining sufficient moisture in soil is essential. During dry summers, irrigate the crop at 5 to 7 days intervals.

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