|Average Seed / oz||Seed / 100′ Row||Average Yield / 100′ Row||Days to Harvest|
|1000||1/2 oz||50-100 lbs||75-90|
|Planting Season||Ideal Soil Temp||Sun||Frost Tolerance|
|After Last Frost||75-95°F||Full Sun||Frost Sensitive|
|Sowing Method||Seed Depth||Direct Seed Spacing||Seeds Per Packet|
|Transplant or Direct Seed||1/2″||5″||70|
|Mature Spacing||Days to Sprout||Production Cycle||Seed Viability|
Cantaloupes and muskmelons are frost sensitive annuals that are easy-to-grow by direct seed after last frost or transplants started indoors 2 weeks before your last frost date. They prefer evenly moist soil and full sun with a layer of mulch placed around the young seedlings to keep weeds down before the melon's dense foliage can shade them out. Vine ripening will increase the sweetness of melons. If you pick them before they are ripe, the melons will soften but won't get any sweeter. Plant seeds: 1/2" deep, with 6 seeds about 5" apart in mounded hills spaced at 3' intervals, after danger of frost has passed. Thin each mound leaving the 3-4 strongest seedlings. Or plant in rows with seeds space 5" apart and thin to 18-24". Soil Temp: 75-95 F. Days to Sprout: 3-10. Companions: corn, pumpkin, radish, squash, marigolds, nasturtiums, oregano. Seeds/Oz: 1,000. Seed Wt./100' Row: 1/2 oz. Yield/100' row: 50-100 lbs. Days to Harvest: 65-95. Seed Viability: 5-7 years.