Cantaloupe in the field

Cantaloupe growing in the field

Melons

Several kinds of melons grow well in Florida, including casaba, honeydew, watermelon, cantaloupe, and citron.

Melons grow on vines, so they need to be planted in sites where they have room to spread out. In Florida, melons should be planted in the spring once the danger of frost has passed. They thrive in full sun and rich, well-drained soil.

They’re usually planted in mounds six to ten inches tall. Cover the soil around your melons with mulch to warm the soil and keep weeding to a minimum. Drip irrigation is a great option for melons. Not all varieties of melons will thrive in the state, so make sure you look for varieties suited to your area.

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