Plant Name: Cantaloupe

Sunlight(?)Full sun (6-8 hours)
Days To Maturity(?)80-90
Planting Season(?)Summer
Temperature(?)70-90°F (21-32°C)
Seeds Or Seedlings(?)Both (Buy Seeds)
Container Size(?)10-20 gallon (18-24 inch) (Buy Now)
Support Needed(?)Yes
Potting Soil(?)Regular (Buy Now)
Watering Needs(?)Regular
Fertilizer(?)Nitrogen-rich during foliage (Buy Now)
Potassium-rich during fruit growth (Buy Now)
Pests(?)Aphids, thrips, cutworms, cabbage loopers, cucumber beetles
Diseases(?)Leaf spot, fusarium, verticillium, bacterial wilt, powdery mildew, downy mildew

How To Grow

  1. Select a Large Container: Choose a large container that is at least 10 gallons in size and has drainage holes at the bottom to prevent waterlogging. Half barrels or large plastic containers work well.
  2. Choose a Compact Variety: Opt for a compact or dwarf variety of cantaloupe, such as “Minnesota Midget” or “Sugar Cube,” which are more suitable for container growth and have shorter vines.
  3. Prepare the Container: Fill the container with a well-draining potting mix enriched with compost or aged manure to provide nutrients. Ensure the container is placed in a location that receives full sunlight.
  4. Plant Cantaloupe Seeds: Plant cantaloupe seeds directly into the container, following the planting depth and spacing recommendations provided on the seed packet. Cantaloupe seeds require warm soil temperatures to germinate, so wait until the soil has warmed up before planting.
  5. Water Regularly: Keep the soil consistently moist throughout the growing season, especially during hot and dry periods. Cantaloupes have shallow roots, so frequent watering is essential to prevent the soil from drying out.
  6. Provide Support: As the cantaloupe vines grow, provide support such as trellises or stakes to help them climb and prevent sprawling. You can also use a tomato cage to support the vines.
  7. Fertilize Sparingly: Fertilize the cantaloupe plants sparingly with a balanced fertilizer diluted to half strength every 4-6 weeks during the growing season. Avoid over-fertilizing, as it can lead to excessive foliage growth at the expense of fruit production.
  8. Monitor for Pests and Diseases: Keep an eye out for common pests such as aphids, cucumber beetles, and spider mites, as well as diseases like powdery mildew and downy mildew. Treat any issues promptly to prevent them from spreading.
  9. Harvest: Cantaloupes are typically ready for harvest 70-90 days after planting, depending on the variety. Harvest the cantaloupes when they are fully ripe, with a sweet aroma, golden color on the rind, and a slight softness at the blossom end. Cut the cantaloupes from the vine using a sharp knife or pruning shears.

Check out our detailed guide to grow cantaloupe in a container.

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