Growing Rockmelon, also Canteloupe

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
T                 S S T

(Best months for growing Rockmelon in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings

  • Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 68°F and 90°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 16 - 24 inches apart
  • Harvest in 10-16 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Sweetcorn, Sunflowers
  • Avoid growing close to: Potatoes

Your comments and tips

20 Apr 20, (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Thank you so much! Dunno why but couldn't find info on this on google
27 Mar 20, Kerry (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I am planting Mango (Candy) Melon and they apear to be similar. What time of year to plant plz? Sub tropics around central Qld.
30 Mar 20, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Rock melons are generally grown in the spring - seedlings planted out August. You can grow from mid summer with seedlings. Look up different melons on the internet, a site has 25 different kind.
04 Feb 20, Vicki (Australia - temperate climate)
I managed to grow two rockmelon vines. The season is now coming to an end. Do you rip the vines out at the end of the season? Or leave them dormant until next year?
10 Feb 20, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
They are annual plants.
02 Feb 20, Barbara Mortimer (Australia - temperate climate)
As my rockies are finishing now, what should I plant after them?
03 Feb 20, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
You can plant whatever you like. Just build your soil back up with some compost/manure/fertiliser before you plant again. Plant things you like to eat and easy to grow. They have a planting guide on this website for each month I think.
31 Jan 20, John Davis (Australia - temperate climate)
What is the best method to test ripeness of a rocky. Cheers
03 Feb 20, Another gardener (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Old varieties use to start turning yellow and they came away from the vine easily. The new varieties don't. They will probably turn a bit of a different colour but if you press around the butt end of the melon it will go inwards like a sponge. Release it and it will come back out. Another clue is to keep a record of when you plant and be guided by the time from planting to maturity or about 45 days after the melon has grown to full size.
02 Feb 20, Frank (Australia - temperate climate)
I've never had them in the garden, I've just chosen some seeds in a few weeks back and I'm now getting melons, probably a bit late but, see what happens When I test them in the shop, I look for one that is an orange to yellow colour and tap it gently if it (sounds hollow it is ripe)
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You could let them grow - thin them out or separate them to 2-3' apart. I did this in Oct - the plants are just setting and growing fruit now. You may have to protect them later when they have fruit on from the sun. Better to plant them late August (away from frosts) or early Sept. The picking season is well under way in SE Qld now - probably finished by Xmas.

- Mike

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