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Vegetable Garden – Tips on Growing Melons From Seed
65-90 Days to Harvest
SOWING THE SEED
The question has always been- should I sow indoors or outdoors? In warm climates you can direct sow melons, however starting the melons indoors is preferred, both because the melon plants can grow well in soil that is 10-20 degrees cooler than that is needed for best germination of seed, and because the seeds germinate more slowly in cooler soil. Where ever you are, transplanting will probably give you the best yields in the finished crop. Remember that you will need to be very careful as to avoid transplant shock, Do not disturb the roots the best you can, also because melons need everyday of sun that they can get to ripen the fruit so they can not afford any setbacks.
A warm weather crop that should not be planted too early in the spring.
USDA Hardiness Zone -First Frost Date- Last Frost Date
An old garden myth would suggest pinching off a vine’s growing shoots as melons start to ripen to cause the plant to divert all its energy to the ripening fruit. Research has proven this FALSE. The vine needs all its leaves to produce the sugars that sweeten fruit. Anything that reduces the total number of leaves available for sugar production reduces melon sweetness.
The more fruits that ripen at the same time, the less sweet they will be, this is TRUE, since the vine will have to divide the leaves’ sugar production between fruits. In warmer climes with a long growing season, experienced growers often prune off all but one newly forming melon every 2 weeks. Ripening 1 melon at a time yields maximum sweetness. As you gain experience, you will develop your own technique.
In colder regions, remove any blossoms that start to develop within 50 days of your area’s first average frost date. This ensures remaining, larger fruits will ripen before frost.
The key to a sweet melon is lots of sugar, which is made by the leaves. So anything that hurts the leaves also hurts the quality of the fruit.
If possible, avoid overhead watering. Soaker hoses deliver water directly to the soil, preventing possible spread of fungus diseases on wet foliage. If you must use a sprinkler, then water vines very early in the morning so that leaves can dry early, which helps prevent fungus diseases.
It is normally pretty easy to tell when most vegetables are ripe, however melons require a little more practice to get it right. A good tip to know is that all the fruits on any individual melon plant will ripen over a short period of time. When one melon is ripe, the remaining melons are not far behind.
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