Growing Cantaloupe At Home



If cantaloupe is served in the house a lot, why not grow some in the backyard? It’s one of the best ways to enjoy a favorite food. Growing cantaloupe is an easy task for any level gardener. It does not require a lot of attention and produces an excellent amount of food to eat.

Here are some great instructions for planting cantaloupe seeds indoors or outdoors, caring for the plant, and how to harvest them.
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How To Plant Cantaloupe Seeds:

To begin indoors and get jump on season, simply plant seeds in seed starters. Do about 3 weeks before final frost. Use nutrient rich soil and make sure seeds have at least 6 hours of sun per day.
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To plant seeds directly outdoors, be sure threat of frost has passed. Your seeds should be planted 12-18 inches apart.

You want really rich soil and full sun. Once your seedlings start to appear, thin out the plants.


How To Plant Cantaloupe Seedlings:

Use all suggestions above when planting, including nutrient rich soil, full sun, and proper spacing. Don’t plant seedlings before outdoor temperatures have reached 70 degrees or higher.
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After a few weeks, stake your plants to help offer support and from sitting in damp soil.


Care For Seedlings:

They don’t attract many pests. You just need to keep a light netting over them if you see animals starting to pick. As far as bugs, there usually isn’t need for a pesticide.

Continue to give seedlings 1-2 inches of water per week, applied at base and not over the top. If water accumulates on greenery rot can occur.
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Be vigilant about weeds during early growth of the cantaloupe. Be sure you pull them as you see them and they don’t interfere with your plants.


How To Harvest Cantaloupe:

When you notice the bulb appear, wrap in panty hose to protect and place it on piece of tin foil to help keep warm. This will help it mature quickly! After about two weeks the bulb will be full size and can be picked. Cut it from the stem and move it to cool place for storage.
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