Cantaloupes take some space to grow and vine, so leave enough room for them to spread. Grow Cantaloupe in rows spaced 3-4 ft. apart or in "hills" with groups of 2 or 3 plants per "hill". Cantaloupes can also be trained on a trellis or fence to save space. Cantaloupes need a constant supply of water, and particular attention should be paid during summer dry spells. They need to ripen fully on the vine; they do not ripen well after they are harvested. Cantaloupes develop a wonderful fragrance when they are ready to pick; the fruit should slip easily from the vine and the blossom end should feel soft to the touch.
Hale's Best is an old, classic favorite dating from the 1920s. As Cantaloupes go, this one is a little more drought tolerant than most. Delicious, firm flesh is rich with antioxidants. The flesh is an appealing salmon color, aromatic and sweet.
Size: 3-5 lbs.
Days to Maturity: 85
Exposure: Full Sun
Melons: Honey Dew
When growing Honey Dew melons, it's important to keep the weeds under control during the growing season as they compete with plants for water, space and nutrients. Honey Dews have a shallow root system, so mulches help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Honey Dew melons are ripe when the skin turns to a creamy yellow color and the blossom end is slightly soft.
Technically, a Muskmelon is a Cantaloupe, or more accurately, a Cantaloupe is a type of Muskmelon and as such they are grown same way. The main difference between the two is that the Muskmelon is often not quite as sweet and has a stronger “muskier” flavor. It is also heavily ribbed, whereas the Cantaloupe lacks these deep grooves.
Delicious Muskmelons are a nearly round (approx. 6 in. in diameter), very tasty, open pollinated melon with thick, firm, orange coloured flesh. Thinner skinned than hybrids, but stores well. Delicious is an excellent variety for home gardeners.
Size: 2.5 lbs.
Days to Maturity: 83
Exposure: Full Sun