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Help with melons neede please

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 10:56

Well, I'm wondering how Jennifer, Steve and Rosie's melons are progressing.

Help with melons neede please

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 09:09

Hi Rosie. Good management is to aim for 4 to 6 fruit per plant. Let the laterals continue and leave side shoots. Feed tomato food as you would tomatoes but, most importantly of all is to encourage pollinating insects. If they don't arrive you must pollinate by hand. Water profusely.  Sounds like you are doing well. Congratulations.

Help with melons neede please

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 11:45

Steve, as long as plenty of air, any support is OK. The more plants, the merrier because pollination is essential. Don't allow a melon to grow on the main shoot or you will only get one melon and try and limit to 6 melons max per plant for good healthy plants. I don't know where you are from, but I would be dubious about putting them outside. Having said that, Mother Nature has a habit of frequently fooling us. You can get an idea of the pot size as the plant is about 14" tall.

Looking forward to your photos.

Help with melons neede please

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 11:08

 Melons have been in the greenhouse for 4 days. Now 14" high. I have decided to let them reach 3 feet high before I nip out the main shoot. Then, I will train 2 lower side shoots up the stringers I have tied to the neck of the pots. Hope this helps. As I have said, it has worked for me.

Help with melons neede please

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 08:58

Cool Rosie.. My first year was a disaster but I learnt and persevered. My methods are self devised so, a more experienced grower may disagree but it works for me. If you get fruit you will know when to pick. It's when the space they grow in is full of the aroma of melon. My thumbnail is an Emir Canteloupe with about a month to go and is actually the cut one in the pic above'


Help with melons neede please

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 06:57






 This is one of last years efforts and I found it a poor year. Jennifer, I suggest you keep yours indoors and warm for a while and Rosie's will catch up. I don't know your location but I grow in Derby's if thats of any relevence. Hairnets will allow more air around the fruit than tights incidentally..One final thing, I only aim for 2 or 3 fruit per shoot, i.e. 4 to 6 per plant.

By the way, I lied in the above post. The photo was mad e today, 15.05.2014. Oops, sorry

Help with melons neede please

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 06:47

 Here are my melons and cuc's in compost in the windowsill 15.04.14. Kept moist, planting in compost in pots in greenhouse in about 10 days, say, the last week of May. Feed from mid June. (Toms in background, leeks foreground) I keep them covered in clingfilm till germination. Melon main shoot nipped out at 18" and two lower shoots trained up wires at 45 degrees. Bags of water as adult plants. Encourage pollinaters, I grow a Marigold in the greenhouse. These are Emir Cantaloupes.


Posted: 30/09/2013 at 07:54

Could anyone advise me on when and how to plant a Jasmin (J. officinale) in a Midlands garden. Unfortunately it has to be against an easterly facing 8ft wall. However it is sheltered and gets full sun till approx 1pm. Thanks in anticipation.


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 09:04

The knowledgeable Italophile has suggested the use of DiPel in controlling tomato caterpillars. However, search as I might, the only suppliers I can find are in The USA. The problems are twofold. a) It is only sold in large quantities b) American suppliers will not ship to the UK (I suspect transportation costs would be prohibitive if they did)

Can anyone suggest a UK supplier for a domestic gardener, or even an alternative trade name which is available.

I suspect any advice will be keenly followed by a lot of viewers.



Posted: 18/08/2013 at 11:27

Yes  Daintiness. You were right. I didn't know such things existed. On examination I found a number of caterpillers on the lower leaves. They match those described on the internet. Now, what the devil do I do about them. Are you getting bored with my constant problems Italophile..LOL

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