Cantaloupe is a wonderful melon that grows well when given well-drained, sandy soils. To learn more about how to grow cantaloupe, click here. 

VARIETIES:
Ambrosia, Classic Hybrid, Hales Best, Mission, Rocky Sweet and Summit Hybrid are excellent cantaloupe varieties.

CULTIVATION:

Soil Preparation: Cantaloupes prefer organic, rich, well-drained, sandy soils for best growth.  Incorporate up to 4 inches of well-composted organic matter.  To learn more about soil preparation, click here.

Planting:

  • Cantaloupe can grow from seeds or transplants. 
  • Sow seeds 1-2 inches deep.
  • Transplants should have 2-3 mature leaves and a developed root system before planting. 
  • Plant when soils are 65° F or after all frost danger has past.  To look at the average frost date, click here.
  • Space seeds 4 feet apart and transplants 2 feet apart. 
  • Place rows 4-6 rows apart to avoid damage to the roots.

Fertilization: In addition to soil preparation fertilization you can add different types of mulches to provide the plants with warm soil and to lock in moisture.  Add additional mulches after soil has warmed to 75°F.  Black plastic mulch, grass clippings, straw or newspapers are all good options.  To learn more about soil preparation, click here.

Irrigation: Water deeply and infrequently, giving plants 1-2 inches of water per week.  Drip irrigation is the best type of irrigation for these plants.  To learn more about irrigation, click here.

Harvest: Cantaloupe require 35-45 days to mature from flowering, pick when melons as they ripen.  Store for 1-2 weeks. 

COMMON PESTS AND DISEASES: Aphids and Cucumber Bettels are common pests that harm cantaloupe.  Powdery Mildew, Wilt Diseases and Virus are the diseases that will harm cantaloupe.  To learn more about pests and diseases, click here