Rockmelon 'Minnesota Midget'
This space saver is one of the earliest to fruit with sweet, rich flesh. A compact and prolific vine taking up to just one metre of garden space and producing up to 18 fruit per plant, at 550 g per fruit. Harvest from 14 weeks.
Melons (both watermelons and rockmelons) need to be sown in warm soil. Like pumpkins, they are best sown on mounds, 1m apart. Sow 3 or 4 seeds where you want one plant to grow, and remove the weaker plants once seed germinates. A sandy, well drained soil of pH 6 is ideal. While the vines are growing, they need plenty of water and nutrients, so good soil preparation is essential; however, once the fruit has set, too much water can lead to watery tasteless fruit. For large, lush melons, allow a maximum of 3 fruits per vine before pinching out the ends of the vines and allowing these fruit to develop.