How to grow Muskmelon

Muskmelon plant growing 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.

Muskmelon plant edible fruits

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.

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How to grow Muskmelon plant – growing and care:

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

Blooming information

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

Edible Fruits

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

Scientific name:

Cucumis melo

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