How to Grow Honeydew Melon


Honeydew melons are prized for their light green, sweet fruit with a flavor that is slightly reminiscent of honey. Honeydews have white, waxy skin with a light green tint. Like other members of the muskmelon family, honeydew requires warm temperatures to grow. Needing a longer season, those with short gardening seasons must start their honeydew inside while frost is still on the ground outdoors. Plant more than one honeydew vine to encourage healthy pollination and fruit set.

Step 1

Start seeds indoors 4 weeks before the last frost date in your area. Sow seeds in individual plantable peat pots 1 inch into the soil. Keep moist and warm until germination then move to a warm, sunny window.

Step 2

Choose a well-drained outdoor bed that is in full sun. Work in 2 to 3 inches of compost to raise the soil level for drainage and to add nutrients.

Step 3

Transplant outdoors 1 week before the last frost date in your area and when each seedling as two to three sets of leaves. Plant the pots directly in the garden, spacing each plant 18 to 24 inches apart.

Step 4

Keep the soil moist at all times but not soaking wet. Water once a week, supplying 2 inches of water at a time if there is not natural rainfall.

Step 5

Lay a 2-inch layer of organic mulch on the soil once temperatures reach 75 degrees Fahrenheit outside. Using mulch prevents weeds, preserves soil temperature, and preserves moisture.

Step 6

Harvest honeydew when the small vines around the stem begin to brown and and the rind begins to become rough and dull. Cut it from the vine with a sharp knife.

Tips and Warnings

  • Honeydew is prone to bacterial diseases and squash pests. Plant disease and pest resistant varieties to prevent this.

Things You'll Need

  • Peat pots
  • Soil
  • Compost
  • Mulch
  • Knife


  • University of Minnesota Extension
  • Purdue Extension
Keywords: growing honeydew, planting muskmelons, melon gardening

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