Muskmelon plant grow and care – herbaceous semi vine of the genus Cucumis also known as Cucumis melo or Musk melon, Muskmelon is an annual plant, can grow mediterranean, desert, subtropics, temperate or tropics climate and growing in hardiness zone 4+.
Leaves color green in round or heart shape with lobes.
Flower color yellow with five lobs, female contain semi fruits that looks like a little Muskmelon plant, and male flower are smaller.
Fruit color orange inside and green yellowish the peel with like net structure, the fruit juicy sweet, peel is not edible, the structure smooth or rough structure, after the picked need to give time to be ripen, seeds also edible.
Recommend to watering on the ground and not watering on the leaves or the fruits, some species need trellising (the small ones), slightly acidic and well-drained soil
What is the best way to start growing? Seedling / Seed
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction? No
Difficulties or problems when growing: When the plant attacked in the base if not treatment 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
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 / Half shade (in desert)
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? No
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers: Yes
Bloom season: Late spring
General information about the flower Yellow flower with five lobs, female contain semi fruits that looks like a little Muskmelon plant, 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
Fruits pests or diseases: Powdery mildew
What can be done with big quantities of Muskmelon plant fruits? Fruit: eaten raw, juice. Rind: pickles, Seeds: salad, raw
Work requirements on the fruit: Sometimes to space it from the ground
How long does it take to bear fruit? 80-120 days
How to grow Muskmelon 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