Melon - Ambrosia (cantaloupe)
Also known as muskmelon, this variety is very popular due to its great flavor. Extra sweet and juicy, with a great aroma. The 6" melons average 5 pounds each. Vines are vigorous and disease resistant. Harvest when the stem easily breaks away from the melon. Plant on hills at the edge of the garden for best production.
Water Day/Week -- Water deeply at the base of the plants several times a week (1-2") and avoid getting water on the foliage. Melons do not like drought and lack of water can stress your plants. Water regularly after planting and while fruit is developing, then cut back when the melons are about 1-2 weeks from harvest to increase the sugar content for better tasting melons.
Harvest -- When the netting becomes rough and coarse and the stem also "slips" away easily from the melon.
Spacing -- 12" apart
Exposure -- Full Sun
Mature Size -- 86 days
Feature -- Most popular melon
Heirloom Variety -- No
Kid-Friendly -- Yes
Container Friendly -- No
Soil pH -- 6.0 to 7.0
Time to plant -- After danger of frost has passed
Fertilizer -- Every few weeks apply a 34-0-0 fertilizer, 1-2 tablespoons per hill, sprinkled about 6" from plants.
Pests to avoid -- Loopers, crickets, cutworms, grasshoppers, leaf hoppers, spider mites, thrips, whiteflies, many different beetles
Companions -- Corn, radish, nasturtium, pumpkin and oregano
Avoid planting by -- Potato