How to Grow a Muskmelon


Muskmelon is a form of cantaloupe and grows well in warm regions. The average soil temperature should be 60 degrees F or higher to prevent seed rot, according to the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service. Proper soil preparation helps to make certain that muskmelon seeds germinate, grow and yield quality crops. Select a full-sun location with soil that is the pH level of 7. Add organic compost to the soil prior to planting muskmelons in areas with lots of clay. With patience, it is possible to have delicious muskmelon from a home garden.

Step 1

Break the ground of the gardening area with a garden till prior to planting muskmelon seeds. Remove any obvious debris, weeds, vegetation or large rocks.

Step 2

Make 5- to 6-inch mounds spaced 4 feet apart with a garden rake to plant the muskmelon seeds. Rake in 1 tablespoon of 4-8-5 or 10-10-10 into the mound dirt, while forming the mounds.

Step 3

Cut a sheet of black plastic ground cover a couple inches bigger than what's needed to cover the mound. Repeat for each mound made in the previous step.

Step 4

Dig a 2-inch-deep trench around the perimeter of each mound with a garden hoe. This will serve as an irrigation area for watering the muskmelon mounds.

Step 5

Place the black plastic ground covering over the mound. With a small amount of dirt, large rocks or bricks, secure plastic into place.

Step 6

Cut four holes in the plastic on opposite sides of the mound. These will serve as the seed and plant holes.

Step 7

Pour thoram or captan powder into a small bowl. Dip each seed into the bowl to dust with the powder. The dusting helps prevent disease as the muskmelon plant matures, according to the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service.

Step 8

Place one muskmelon seed in each hole and use your hand to push the seed into the dirt approximately 1 inch deep. Cover the top of the seed with additional dirt.

Step 9

Fill each irrigation ditch with water. Allow water to completely soak into the soil. Refill the irrigation ditch.

Step 10

Fill the irrigation ditches every other day until muskmelon seeds germinate. Remove the two weakest seedlings from each mound. Water weekly or whenever the soil is dry. Use a 33-0-0 side dressing weekly after muskmelons begin blooming, recommends the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid herbicides from spraying directly on the muskmelon leaves to prevent leaf burn.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden till
  • Garden rake
  • 4-8-5 or 10-10-10 fertilizer
  • Black plastic ground cover
  • Garden hoe
  • Sharp cutting blade or scissors
  • Large rocks or bricks
  • Thoram or captan powder
  • Muskmelon seeds
  • Water


  • Purdue Cooperative Extension Service: Growing Cucumbers, Melons, Squash, Pumpkins and Gourds
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Daniel Smith graduated from technical school in 1993 and has been writing since 2005. His has written numerous articles for the instructional website called eHow in areas including gardening, home improvement, celebrating special events and health-related topics.