Growing Melons

Growing Melons | Crop Circles Doubles Melon Production

Farm Melons

Farm melons generally are started as transplants in the greenhouse 18 to 24 days prior to planting in the field. Because they are a warm-season vegetable, they should not be transplanted until the soil temperature 3 inches beneath the soil surface reaches 60°F. Growers generally plant between 2,200 and 4,200 plants per acre in single rows 5 to 6 feet apart, on mulched beds with 24 to 30 inches between plants in the row. Providing the plants with drip irrigation ensures optimum plant growth and yields and allows growers to apply fertilizer during the growing season. Insects are a major problem in field production. Early feeding by striped or spotted cucumber beetles on young transplants can result in the plants being infected with bacterial wilt. Improper water distribution can cause a variety of diseases including bacterial wilt, fusarium wilt, and viruses such as powdery mildew, downy mildew, and gummy stem blight.


Growing melons with Crop Circles doubles production while inhibiting many of the diseases associated with field grown melon plants. Timed liquid and fertilizer dispersion is spread under the plants leaving the leaf canopy dry and less susceptible to disease. The dark colored plastic barrier laid within the watering trench stops weed growth and evaporation. Plants are flood irrigated once or twice a week depending on weather conditions. The heat sink feature of the trench accelerates growth, quality and fruit size.

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Melon Crop Circles

Melon Crop Circles grow 60 plants. Montreal Melon was the preferred variety because of its size and taste. Even water distribution to each of the plants ensured a consistent melon size throughout the patch.

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FARM Harvest

A 30-foot Circle produced a 380 melon farm harvest. Once the vines hit the weed barrier mat they just took off, flowering and setting fruit all the way.