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Growing Melons in Ireland


 
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Seedling
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 12:26 pm    Post subject: Growing Melons in Ireland Reply with quote

Hi everyone

I'm new to the site and this is my first post. I was just wondering if anyone has every tried to grow melons. This year I am going to try to grow four varieties: Sweetheart, Ogen, Antalya and Orange Sherbert. I am going to try them both in a plastic greenhouse and in my allotment in Cork.

Has anyone any experience/tips on this?

Thanks
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Maeve Drogheda
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Funnily enough, yesterday i was researching growing melons and went on to the 'brown envelope seed', web site to search for melon seeds, and I found out that not only will they sell seeds they have an A - Z of everything. So I clicked onto melons and they even had instructions on how to grow and polinate the different types of melons that they sell. It is full of excellent information, for instance I didn't know that the male melon had a small melon on it and that it flowers to help polinate the female melon plant.

When I read that piece I was brought straight back to being a little girl helping Dad use a paintbrush to help polinate all sorts of interesting and wonderful fruits, that I can't remember names for.

So hope that is of some use,

Nostalgic Maeve!!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

meave, just to correct you on the note on melons, it is the female flower that has the baby melon not the male and the male flowers are usually produced first but there is always an overlap, bees usually do the job but every little helps especially in cold weather when insect activity is low. developing fruits should be lifted off the ground using an inverted flower pot. Melons need to be hardened off even before putting into a tunnel. Give them plenty space 6ft (180cms) apart. Feed and water during growing season and allow a maximum of six fruits per plant.
michael brenock horticultural advisor (retired)
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Maeve Drogheda
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the information Michael. I was talking to my Dad at the week end and he told me that I may not remember but the melons were very bitter, and not worth all the hard work!! He grew them in a large sunroom at the back of the house, (mother was not impressed), but I don't have the space, so I don't think I will try them this year.
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