We plant melons in late spring or early summer, as the melon crop thrives in warm seasons. Many growers prepare their own plants from nursery-grown seed, while others prefer ready-made plants obtained from nurseries. For later melon plantings, in early or mid-summer, in addition to planting ready-made plants, we can plant the melon seed directly in the ground. It is worth mentioning that when we plant melon seeds directly in the soil, the plant takes root better in its natural environment and is more resistant during the summer season when high temperatures prevail. We plant the melons at the appropriate planting distances, 80-100 cm between planting positions and 120-180 cm between planting lines.
Melon is demanding on water and is not suitable for dry cultivation. In particular, the melon needs regular watering in order to have a satisfactory fruit production. We water every 2-3 days in the spring season and every day in the summer season, so that the soil is kept relatively moist. Overwatering can cause problems for melons and fruit not setting, causing flower drop and reduced production. Also, when the soil we planted the melons in does not drain well, there is a risk that diseases such as fusarium and powdery mildew will appear with watering.