Gardeners increase cantaloupes (Cucumis melo) to get a sweet and refreshing summer-time handle. Cantaloupes come in a number of varieties, including “Mission,” “Ambrosia” and “Rocky Sweet,” each with a somewhat different taste, colour and texture. They require a long, warm growing season to set fruit, although generally, cantaloupes develop hardy to Sunset Climate Zone 2 1. Select an early- selection to harvest ripe fresh fruit before great temperatures arrive.
Germinating Cantaloupe Seeds
Select seeds from early-maturing types, including “Haogen,” “Honey-Dew Sweet Delight,” “Minnesota Midget” or “Ambrosia.” These kinds mature in less than 3 months.
Fill a seed- tray with soil.
Sow 2-3 seeds in containers that are bigger or one seed per mobile about 1 month ahead of the last frost day of your area’s. Cover the seeds
Water the seeds that are cantaloupe before the soil feels moist. Add water everyday. Don’t let the soil dry prior to the seeds germinate.
Put the seeds that are cantaloupe on a window sill or offer over-head lights that is synthetic.
Provide warmth to to create the soil temperature into a minimum of 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Watch in five to 7 days for germination.
Harden seedlings for seven to 10 days off . To harden seedlings off, place them outdoors for many hours per day. Bring them indoors throughout the night. Increase the time outside every day is spent by the seedlings.
Transplanting Cantaloupe Seedlings
Prepare your backyard by mixing a-4-inch layer of organic matter to the soil.
Add 3 to 4 glasses of of 10-10-10 or 16168 fertilizer for every 100 square-feet of soil.
Plan to transplant cantaloupe seedlings when they reach about 2″ tall and have two or more leaves that are true. Transplant when all risk of of frost has passed and day-time temperatures range between 70 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Space cantaloupe seedlings 2 to 4-feet apart in rows. Space each row 3 to 4 feet apart.
Until the first one or two inches of the soil feels moist water cantaloupe seedlings. Cantaloupes usually require one to two inches of water per week. Water less when fruits begin to ripen for taste.
Apply mulch to safeguard the cantaloupes from weeds and pests. Spread a-2-inch layer of hay, grass clippings or wood-chips across the seedlings.
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Cut buds off the vines when they begin to create fruit. This increases quality along with the taste of the cantaloupes.
When they emit a powerful, sweet fragrance as well as the rinds flip tan or yellow harvest cantaloupes. Store the cantaloupes a-T room-temperature for up to six-days.