Cantelopes in Containers

charlieboringApril 25, 2013

I received some melon seeds as a gift and germinated them inside under lights. I have six plants. I do not have room in my garden and am considering growing them in containers and running them up a trellis. Questions: 1) What size container do I need? 2) Suggestions on a trellis?

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nycgarden(6)

I grew 2 minnesota midget muskmelon last year in a rubbermaid 20 gallon container. Got about 4 melons off of each plant. I would give each plant at least a 5 gallon container and definitely train them up a trellis for better air flow. Make sure they are not crowded and look out for signs of powdery mildew. I sprayed daily with a mild vinegar solution which seemed to stave off PM until the very end of summer.

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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

1 per 5 gallon container is good. I just like to have 2 in case something happens to the 1. You can always cull later. Last year we had a hail storm, and it severed lots of my plants. Plants know when they are crowded and will produce less.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 2:12PM
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