Melon Vine

Round and sweet!
Common name : Melon Vine
Scientific name : Cucumis melo
Family : Cucurbitaceae
Category : Fruit plants
Type of plant : Annual
Edible
Edible
Melons are members of the Cucurbitaceae family. They like rich soil and sprout vines that spread out across the earth! Plant them in a sheltered place in March (or three weeks earlier if you're in a warm enough region), and transplant them in rich, well-drained soil in direct sunlight after the last frost.

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Flowering

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Harvestint

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance Low
Zone USDA 11a
Height 20 - 50
pH 7

Identify my melon vine

It can be sometimes difficult to recognize a melon plant if it's not bearing any fruit! A mischievous child in the garden mixing up the labels, and suddenly all the neighbouring gardeners will find themselves with zucchinis!

Plant my melon vine

Plant your melons bought from the merchant in a rich, well-drained soil, in full sun, after the last frosts. Space the feet from 0.8m to 1m. Water after planting. You can enrich the soil with potash, melons are fond of it, by adding some wood ash at the base. It is better to fertilize the soil soon.

Sow my melon vine

Inside: Sow under cover between March and April under filtered light, above 15 ° C - at best between 24 and 32 ° C. Sow three seeds per cup, burying them lightly in a special compost for potting. Water once a day the first week. Outside: Sowing in open ground is only done in very hot and sunny regions. Sow three seeds per hole, in the garden, in full sun. Allow at least one meter between plants. Water generously.

Pinch my melon vine

When the plant has between 3 and 5 leaves, "pinch" — or rather, cut! — the tip of the stem so they can divide. Once the new branchings each have 3 to 5 leaves themselves, repeat the process. Once the melons appear, pinch off the stems below the first first, one or two leaves further down.

Dibble my melon vine

Transplant in rich, well-drained soil in full sun after the last freezes. Space the plants 0.8 to 1 m apart. Water after planting. You may enrich the soil with potassium, which melons love, by adding a little wood ash to the base of the plant. However, fertilizing the soil before planting is ideal.

Reap my melon vine

Harvest once your melons are well-developed, around 60 days after planting.

Remove my melon vine

Pull up the melon plants after harvesting, and use the remains as compost.

Water my melon vine

There are three times to water — water the seedings, water after transplanting, and water in case of drought. After sowing, water at least once a week, without flooding the pot. Continue to water twice a week after transplanting if there is no rain. Finally, keep an eye out for dryness while the fruits are forming, in summer. In any case, don't get the leaves wet.

Mulch my melon vine

Mulch the base of your melons after transplanting, which will limit the need for watering and save the fruits from rot.

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