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Organic Cantaloupe

Organic Cantaloupe

Sweet, sun-thriving classic

Cantaloupe, a cherished classic since the 1920s, exhibits ribbed, heavily netted skin and heightened drought tolerance, thriving in hot weather. With 3–5-pound fruits, exceptionally sweet and thick-walled, its small seed cavity promises more mouth-watering enjoyment. As a warm-season crop, melon prospers in warm, sun-soaked soil but sees decreased productivity with colder, shorter days.

Sustainably grown in 2.75" pots

Preparing the Soil

Cantaloupes thrive in well-drained, fertile soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 6.8. Before planting, amend the soil with organic matter such as compost or aged manure to improve its texture and fertility. Remove any weeds and debris from the planting area to create a clean and healthy growing environment for your cantaloupes.

Planting Cantaloupes

Cantaloupes are warm-season crops that require plenty of sunlight to thrive. Plant starts in late spring or early summer, once the soil has warmed up to at least 70°F (21°C).  Space plants 2 to 3 feet apart in rows spaced 4 to 6 feet apart to allow for adequate air circulation and room for vine growth.

Watering and Care

Cantaloupes require consistent moisture throughout the growing season, especially during hot, dry weather. Water the plants deeply once or twice a week, providing enough water to keep the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged. Avoid overhead watering, as wet foliage can promote fungal diseases. Mulching around the base of the plants can help retain soil moisture and suppress weeds.

Fertilizing

Cantaloupes are heavy feeders and benefit from regular fertilization throughout the growing season. Apply a balanced fertilizer or compost tea every 3 to 4 weeks to provide essential nutrients for healthy growth and fruit development. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for application rates and timing.

Training and Support

Cantaloupes are vining plants that benefit from support and training to keep the fruit off the ground and prevent rotting. Consider using trellises, cages, or stakes to support the vines and encourage upward growth. Prune the vines as needed to remove any dead or diseased foliage and promote air circulation around the plants.

Pest and Disease Management

Cantaloupes are susceptible to a variety of pests and diseases, including aphids, cucumber beetles, powdery mildew, and bacterial wilt. Monitor your plants regularly for signs of pest infestations or disease symptoms and take appropriate action to control them. Use insecticidal soap or neem oil to treat aphids and cucumber beetles, and apply fungicides to prevent powdery mildew.

Harvesting Cantaloupes

Cantaloupes are ready to harvest when they slip easily from the vine with a gentle twist. Look for signs of ripeness such as a sweet fragrance, yellowish color on the underside of the fruit, and a slight softening of the skin. Use a sharp knife to cut the fruit from the vine, leaving a short stem attached. Cantaloupes can be stored at room temperature for a few days or refrigerated for longer storage.

Growing cantaloupes can be a rewarding experience that allows you to enjoy delicious, homegrown melons right from your garden. By following the tips and guidelines outlined in this guide, you can successfully cultivate cantaloupes and enjoy a bountiful harvest of sweet and juicy fruits all summer long.

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Description

Cantaloupe, a cherished classic since the 1920s, exhibits ribbed, heavily netted skin and heightened drought tolerance, thriving in hot weather. With 3–5-pound fruits, exceptionally sweet and thick-walled, its small seed cavity promises more mouth-watering enjoyment. As a warm-season crop, melon prospers in warm, sun-soaked soil but sees decreased productivity with colder, shorter days.

Sustainably grown in 2.75" pots

Preparing the Soil

Cantaloupes thrive in well-drained, fertile soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 6.8. Before planting, amend the soil with organic matter such as compost or aged manure to improve its texture and fertility. Remove any weeds and debris from the planting area to create a clean and healthy growing environment for your cantaloupes.

Planting Cantaloupes

Cantaloupes are warm-season crops that require plenty of sunlight to thrive. Plant starts in late spring or early summer, once the soil has warmed up to at least 70°F (21°C).  Space plants 2 to 3 feet apart in rows spaced 4 to 6 feet apart to allow for adequate air circulation and room for vine growth.

Watering and Care

Cantaloupes require consistent moisture throughout the growing season, especially during hot, dry weather. Water the plants deeply once or twice a week, providing enough water to keep the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged. Avoid overhead watering, as wet foliage can promote fungal diseases. Mulching around the base of the plants can help retain soil moisture and suppress weeds.

Fertilizing

Cantaloupes are heavy feeders and benefit from regular fertilization throughout the growing season. Apply a balanced fertilizer or compost tea every 3 to 4 weeks to provide essential nutrients for healthy growth and fruit development. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for application rates and timing.

Training and Support

Cantaloupes are vining plants that benefit from support and training to keep the fruit off the ground and prevent rotting. Consider using trellises, cages, or stakes to support the vines and encourage upward growth. Prune the vines as needed to remove any dead or diseased foliage and promote air circulation around the plants.

Pest and Disease Management

Cantaloupes are susceptible to a variety of pests and diseases, including aphids, cucumber beetles, powdery mildew, and bacterial wilt. Monitor your plants regularly for signs of pest infestations or disease symptoms and take appropriate action to control them. Use insecticidal soap or neem oil to treat aphids and cucumber beetles, and apply fungicides to prevent powdery mildew.

Harvesting Cantaloupes

Cantaloupes are ready to harvest when they slip easily from the vine with a gentle twist. Look for signs of ripeness such as a sweet fragrance, yellowish color on the underside of the fruit, and a slight softening of the skin. Use a sharp knife to cut the fruit from the vine, leaving a short stem attached. Cantaloupes can be stored at room temperature for a few days or refrigerated for longer storage.

Growing cantaloupes can be a rewarding experience that allows you to enjoy delicious, homegrown melons right from your garden. By following the tips and guidelines outlined in this guide, you can successfully cultivate cantaloupes and enjoy a bountiful harvest of sweet and juicy fruits all summer long.

Shipping Information

Ships from Northern CA.

Shipping Weight: 0.5 lb

Dimensions: 6.0"L x 2.75"W x 2.75"H

Features

    Characteristics

    Organic Status: Certified Organic Product
    USDA Growing Zone: 4 - 10
    Approximate Harvest Time : Early Fall
    Approximate Harvest Time : Early Summer
    Approximate Harvest Time : Late Summer
    Growth Habit : Vining
    Life Cycle : Annual
    Planting Time : Spring
    Planting Time : Summer
    Sun Requirements : Full Sun

    Planting & Care

    Soil & Water: Melons like moderately rich, well-drained soils with plenty of phosphorous and potassium and a pH of 6.0-6.8. For flavorful fruits, melons need moderate water during growth, and low, even water during fruit development.

    Planting & Growing:  Plant starts in late spring or early summer, once the soil has warmed up to at least 70°F (21°C).  Space plants 2 to 3 feet apart in rows spaced 4 to 6 feet apart to allow for adequate air circulation and room for vine growth.

    Harvesting & Storage: Melons are ripe when the rind changes color to yellow and gentle pressure separates the stem from the vine. Melons can be stored in the refrigerator for about a week.

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    We guarantee the perishable items we sell to be in good, viable condition when we sell them. Perishable items include, but are not limited to, garlic bulbs, flower bulbs, seed potatoes, onion sets & transplants, potted or bare root trees, vegetable crowns, etc. If your perishable item arrives in substandard condition, take photographs and please contact us within 3 days of the purchase date (or delivery date) and we will provide you with a refund of the purchase price (excluding shipping costs), or a replacement. Accordingly, we urge you to open any boxes marked as ""Perishable"" immediately upon receiving them and inspect the shipment thoroughly (do not crack open heads of garlic, we do not accept claims on cracked garlic). Because some perishable items can deteriorate very quickly, we cannot accept any claims beyond the 3-day time frame as it becomes too difficult to determine if these items were delivered in substandard condition, or if they turned into such substandard condition because of having been improperly cared for or stored once delivered.

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