have been grown for their deliciously sweet flesh for over 4000 years.
In fact, melons have been under human cultivation for so long that they
no longer bear any resemblance to species plants growing in the wild.
in the hot valleys of North Africa, southwest Asia and India, the
popularity of this fruit has seen it spread across the globe. History
tells us that the early American settlers grew cultivars of honeydew
and casaba melons back in the 1600s, and even now there are still a
number of old varieties available today such as the 400 year old ‘Petit
Gris de Rene’..
course, with modern breeding programs there are many more varieties
available that will suit a wide range of tastes and while you can
generally buy ‘out of season’ produce whenever you want, growing your
own melons from seed will not only give you the best choice, it can
also get you the very best flavour.
sowing into the ground is the best way to grow melons from seed but for
those of us how live in cooler, northern European climate you will need
to start your melon seed off indoors. This gives the resulting
seedlings a fighting chance to produce and ripen their fruit in a much
shorter growing period..
.Direct Sowing Melon Seed Outdoors
you are prone to particularly cold winters, the best way to grow melon
plants from seed is to sow them into prepared seed beds where they will
remain for the entire production of the crop.
up a small area of rich, well-drained soil about a 12 – 18 inches
diameter and plant three to five seeds in the middle of it, two inches
apart and about one inch deep. Water in well and after a couple of
weeks the seed should be showing signs of germination. Once the
seedlings are showing two sets of true leaves, thin out the weaker
ones, leaving the two strongest seedlings to continue growing.
is a perfect method for areas where the winters are mild but in cooler
climates consider planting melon seed through a black plastic mulch.
The dark plastic will absorb heat from the sun, warming the soil early.
It will also help to conserve moisture during the growing season,
controls weeds and makes harvesting a whole lot easier and cleaner.