Honeydew, Rockmelons and Watermelons are the most commonly grown melons in Australia. These large, roundish fruits, believed to have originated from central Asia, range anywhere from half a kilogram to several kilograms in weight, varying in colour from whitish cream, yellow to light green. Melons have a soft, sweet, fleshy centre, encased in a thick rind which grows on vigorous trailing vines.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Melons can be grown over a broad range of soils provided that there is good drainage. However, it does best in deep fertile sands.

    Windbreaks are essential for early crops.

    Melons will need water every 3-4 days during the growing season.

    Plant your melon in a spot where it will receive plenty of sunshine and warmth.

    Will require protection in cold climates due to plants being rather frost tender.

    Use black plastic around plants to keep moisture in the ground for the plants roots. This will also keep weeds down and retains soil warmth for this heat loving plant. If you do not have black plastic, straw can be used instead.

    Do not plant out until the last frost has past. Remember, seeds will not germinate unless the soil is warm. In warmer regions, early spring planting is fine. In cooler regions, it is best to wait until late spring.

    Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. When planting out allow for 40 - 50cm apart within the row and allow for a space row of 1.5 – 1.8m apart.

    Melon seeds only need to be planted at a depth of 5cm into the soil.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Pre-plant

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: ¾-1¼ cups (150-250g)

    Commercial Use: 250g

    Comments: Apply as a band 5cm below seed, well worked in prior to planting.


    Stage: Side Dress

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: ½-1¼ cups (100-250g)

    Commercial Use: 250g

    Comments: Broadcast when plants begin to run.


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.