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Anyone going to grow melons in 2014?

Posted by SouthCountryGuy SE BC 5 (My Page) on
Wed, Dec 11, 13 at 20:16

I am sitting here contemplating my stokes order and am seriously considering ordering the Muskmelon/cantaloupe 'Dutchess' and the watermelons 'Sweet Favorite' and 'New Yellow Baby'. Anybody else considering melons?

If my seeds come quickly I am hoping to try them under grow lights over the winter. Anyone have some bees I can borrow? LOL


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RE: Anyone going to grow melons in 2014?

Yes we're going to give Hybrid Alaska cantaloup another try out here in Manitoba, we get our seed through Lindenberg out of Brandon.

You must have the summer heat and season to grow them outside where you are. After getting our first taste of a real honest-to-goodness melon last summer, I don't blame you for wanting to try grow lights!

Sorry, can't help you with any bees-----do you think a real soft, artist sized paint brush might work for pollination?

RE: Anyone going to grow melons in 2014?

Manitoba_mum, yeah I could pollinate that way but methinks it would be much more fun to have an active beehive. Anybody can say they grew vegetables under lights but how many can say they got honey? LOL

I am hoping our summer heat will be good to grow melons. My first attempt last year failed when I failed to notice my daughters had moved the irrigation lines and the plant dried up.

Will be interesting to see how they do in containers.


RE: Anyone going to grow melons in 2014?

I haven't yet planned out the 2014 garden, so not sure if melons will be part of that.

If you are going to try growing melons under lights, in my experience any of those melon/squash/cucumber/pumpkin family go leggy and weak very quickly under shop lights, no matter how close you have them to the lights. Once they germinate they surge for the light source, putting up weak, leggy growth that doesn't stand a chance outside. If you have sodium lights or something else very strong, it might be a different story. I'd take a sunny south-facing windowsill over shop lights for melons any day, but even the window isn't ideal.

RE: Anyone going to grow melons in 2014?

  • Posted by marric Z5a Ontario (My Page) on
    Tue, Dec 17, 13 at 8:41

Two years ago I grew Halona melon. I got 3 or 4 melons from it but have to start it earlier inside this year. Very tasty melon. I also have seeds for Hales Best I want to try.

RE: Anyone going to grow melons in 2014?

Thanks don, I have enough lights to grow nearly anything so that isn't an issue. I have a few months between time to start my annual flowers so I thought I would try a melon or two for kicks...Yeah I have both HPS, MH and T5 HO lights....I am sure my place glows at night lol...

FWIW, i was told I couldn't grow citrus under lights last year and I managed to gather one terrible

marric thanks for the info on the melon...I will get a few seeds for them to try

RE: Anyone going to grow melons in 2014?

Use the MH lights - they will promote good, stocky growth. Never use HPS for starting seedlings. T5 is OK.

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