Watermelon, honeydew melon, melon pear - there is a large selection of melons, but not all of them thrive here. We will tell you which varieties are suitable for garden growing.Melon varieties for garden growing
A fresh watermelon is probably the most refreshing thing there is in summer. And the great thing about it: we can eat as much of it as we want, because the watermelon has few calories. This is probably one of the reasons why many gardeners have grown it in recent years.
However, such a watermelon is quite large and we don't always manage to eat it before it spoils. And at some point you ate the watermelon. So next year it is simply a matter of growing a new melon variety. But which are actually suitable for home garden cultivation? We would like to tell you this in this article. In addition, a few small information about growing melons.
Important information about growing melons
Growing melons yourself is not difficult at all. At least not if you are mounting them correctly. You have to pay attention to the right time of cultivation, location and the right soil.
➥ Time of cultivation:
It is best to cultivate melons on the windowsill and then put them in the bed at the end of May, so that no frost can harm them. The prepared bed should ideally be covered with a black film (garden fleece), because this way the floor is preheated and weeds are suppressed.
It is also recommended to stretch a film tunnel over the bed until July / August. During flowering, however, you must then remove it again so that insects can pollinate.
Melons are a type of fruit that need a lot of warmth to thrive. It is therefore important to have a place in the blazing sun that is also protected from the wind. A place in a corner of the garden or next to a house wall would therefore be an advantage.
When growing melons, always keep in mind that they need enough space because the plants can spread very much. You should therefore calculate an area of one square meter per plant.
Melons prefer a soil that is rich in nutrients and humus. So it is best to work some time before planting the melons, ripening compost or manure into the soil.
Suitable types of melons for garden growing
➤ 1. Sugar melons:
Of course, not all types of melons are equally suitable for growing in the garden, but you can always choose the melon. Suitable varieties of sugar melon include Charentais, Accent F1, Fastoso F1, Delada F1 and Honey Pot F1.
The pineapple variety, which belongs to the Cantaloup melons (variety of the sugar melon), comes from Hungary. The round, up to 20 cm tall melons are very sweet and have red flesh. This variety thrives outdoors only in mild weather and in protected locations. Otherwise you should prefer the cold frame for cultivation.
➤ 2. Watermelons:
Of course, the watermelon must not be missing from the varieties that can be grown in our gardens. After all, growing this type of melon always works.
Among the watermelons, the Sugar Belle F1 variety is particularly recommended for the garden. In addition, the Sweet Siberian variety is convincing more and more gardeners with its sweet aroma and yellow-orange pulp. The Sugar Baby watermelon variety is also suitable for European gardens. It can also be stored wonderfully.
➤ 3. Honeydew melons:
The fruits of the Honeydew Melon Blenheim Orange smell very strongly. The sweet fruits of this melon can weigh up to 1000 grams. Even in not too sunny years, this variety reliably produces fruit.
The honeydew melon Petit Gris de Rennes is particularly productive, the fruit of which can weigh up to 800 grams and ripen well even in less warm conditions. This honeydew melon has a sweet, orange pulp that really tastes very aromatic.
➤ 4. Melon pears:
In addition to the sugar, honey and watermelons, there are of course a few other types of melons, which you can also dare to grow. The melon pear, for example, produces smaller fruits. The approximately 700 gram fruit has a sweet, fruity taste.
Melon pears have their Germanized name by the way because of their appearance. In terms of size and basic color, they have the appearance of a pear. The purple stripes, on the other hand, are much more reminiscent of a melon. My reading tip: Melon pear: tips from cultivation to harvest.
➤ 5. Wild or pocket melons:
The white fleshy fruits of the wild melon or pocket melon are very sweet and reach an average size of about eight centimeters. They also smell very strong, which is why they were often carried in the little bag by wealthier women in the 19th century. Hence the name pocket melon.
If you want to dare to grow the melon, you should know that this type of melon is best suited for growing under foil or in the cold frame.