How to Plant Cantaloupe Seeds

Overview

Cantaloupes, a type of muskmelon, grow best in well-drained and slightly sandy soil. These plants should be direct seeded when the soil temperature is consistently above 60 degrees. Cantaloupes grow best when seeded in rows in a flat garden space, but they can also be grown in containers or raised beds.

Step 1

Prepare your garden space by tilling and removing rocks and large clumps of soil when the soil temperature is consistently warm.

Step 2

Dig a furrow the length of your planting space using a hoe. The furrow should be approximately 2 inches deep.

Step 3

Plant your cantaloupe seeds. Seeds should be planted in hills, in groups of four to six. The groups should be approximately 4 feet apart to allow the vines room to spread.

Step 4

Water the seeds thoroughly. Melons need a lot of water; as your seedlings sprout and grow, be sure that the soil is consistently damp.

Tips and Warnings

  • Cantaloupes are difficult to transplant and grow best when direct seeded. If it is necessary to start your cantaloupes indoors, do so in peat pots or newspaper pots for the best results.

Things You'll Need

  • Cantaloupe seeds
  • Hoe
  • Ruler

References

  • Cantaloupe Production
  • Canteloupe and Honeydew Melons

Who Can Help

  • Growing Cantaloupe or Muskmelon (PDF)
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