Canary melon plant grow and care – – herbaceous creeping vine or vine of the genus Cucumis, Canary melon annual plant and grow for the edible fruits, can grow mediterranean, desert, subtropics, temperate or tropics climate and growing in hardiness growing zone 2+, in hardiness zone 2-6 need to care that will bear fruits.
Leaves color is green in heart shape the leaves margin can be wavy.
Flower color yellow with five lobs, female contain semi fruits that looks like a little Melon, and male flower are smaller.
Fruit edible oval-shaped, the fruit juicy sweet big in the color yellow, peel also yellow or green is not edible, the structure smooth and when eat the fruits when fully ready is sweet if not it’s tasteless.
Recommend to watering on the ground and not watering on the leaves or the fruits, some species need trellising (the small ones), arid summer, well-draining soil
What is the best way to start growing? Seedling / Seed (explanation bellow)
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction? No
Difficulties or problems when growing: When the plant attacked in the base if not treat well it will die
Planting season: Spring to summer, but better in the spring and in hardiness zone 2-5 need to start in the middle of the winter indoor, the plant need enough hot days when mature to bear fruits without, if the plant won’t be with mature fruits in the autumn or the plant won’t bear fruits or the fruits will die before fully ripen, also better to choose cultivar that bear the fruits faster.
Pests and diseases: Powdery mildew, aphids, fungal disease, cucumber beetle
Take care of Powdery mildew: Baking soda, mix with liquid soap and water
Pruning season: All the season
How to prune: Infected leaves needed to take out, before cut, try to clean them, don’t prune growth vertex
Size of the plant: 1-2 m, 40-80 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition: Fast growing
Water requirement: Average amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full Sun
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? No
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers: Yes, planting in containers need to be at least 10-20L (2.5-5 gallons), well-drained soil, the plant not react well to overwater, need to make enough holes in the container for good drainage also choosing soil for container important and need to be soil well ventilated, can be potting mix or peat soil with perlite, when use bottom for the pot need that it will dry in the same day.
Bloom season: Late spring to summer
General information about the flower Yellow flower with five lobs, female contain semi fruits that looks like a little Canary melon, and male flower are smaller
Thinning the bloom: Sometimes happened because disease or not enough water
Pollination is done by: Bees and more pollinators, by hand
Fruit harvest season: Summer to autumn
Fruits pests or diseases: Powdery mildew
What can be done with big quantities of Canary melon fruits? Eaten raw, juice
Work requirements on the fruit: Collect in the right moment
How long does it take to bear fruit? 80-90 days
Ripening of fruit: Picked before fully ripen after the picked need to give time to be ripen.
How to grow Canary melon plant from seeds
Sowing requirement: Easy to sow no special treatment, sowing temperature better to sow in 21-25C (70-77F)
Saving seeds until sowing: Room temperature, dry place
Sowing season: Spring and in cold climate start in the winter indoor because it’s need at least 3 month of hot weather
Planting spacing: Depend if trellising 40*50cm (8*12 inches), sowing to transplanting 5*5cm (2*2 inches)
Depth of Sowing: 1-2cm (0.5-1 inch) from the top
Conditions for seeds germinate: Moist soil, full sun
Watering requires for Seeds: Average amount of water
Germination time: 5-14 days
Condition of seedling: Warm weather, big amount of water, full sun, place to trellising