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How do you grow Musk Melons?
Posted by Suttons Staff on 16 July 2013 12:58 PM
During April and May sow two seeds on their sides 1cm (½″) deep in a 7.5cm (3″) pot indoors on a windowsill or in a greenhouse maintaining a temperature of15ºC (60ºF). Soon after germination has taken place remove the weakest seedling and transplant the remaining plant into a larger pot.

Once the danger of frost has passed in late May/early June the plants can be planted in a sunny sheltered position in the garden, in a frame or greenhouse spaced 45-60cm (18-24″) apart. Covering the plants with open ended cloches will help the plants to establish quickly but they should be removed once the plants start to flower. Planting through a black plastic sheet laid over the soil will help to retain moisture, keep the roots warm and keep the melons off the soil. In the greenhouse the plants can be trained up strings and the fruit supported in nets. Keep the plants well watered and feed regularly with a liquid tomato fertilizer.

Musk Melons benefit from hand pollination and this can be achieved by removing a male flower and inserting it into a female flower to transfer the pollen. A female flower has a swollen area behind the petals which is the immature fruit, this is absent on male flowers.

The fruit are ready to harvest from July through to October when the fruits are fragrant and come away easily from the plant when gently lifted.
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