Gardeners with space on a sunny patio can choose a variety of fruits and vegetables to grow in containers instead of the soil. Many typical garden plants grow successfully in containers, especially when you choose a dwarf variety that produces smaller fruits. Set up a sturdy trellis and grow honeydew melons in containers, taking care to provide the large amounts of water and nutrients that melon plants require to develop flavourful fruit.
Fill the container all the way to the top with potting soil.
Position the trellis in the centre of the container and push the trellis about 6 inches deep into the potting soil.
Plant one dwarf honeydew melon seed on each side of the trellis, covering the seeds with about 1 inch of soil.
Water the potting soil thoroughly immediately after you plant the seeds.
Place the container in a location that receives full sun.
Water the honeydew melon plants as often as necessary to keep the soil evenly moist.
Fertilise the honeydew melon plants beginning when they reach about 4 to 6 inches in height. Mix the fertiliser according to package recommendations and pour it carefully over the soil once or twice each month during the growing season.
Remove some of the blossoms when they begin forming and leave only four blossoms growing on each honeydew plant.
Tie the plants to the trellis with the stretchy plant ties as the plants grow tall enough to reach the trellis.
Support the melons as they grow larger with melon netting. Attach melon netting to the trellis and place it under each melon.
Harvest honeydew melons when they become yellow or white. Touch the end of the melon opposite the vine. When this blossom end feels soft, the honeydews are ripe. Remove the melon netting and cut the melons from the vine with a sharp knife.
Things you need
- 5-gallon container (about 1 1/2 foot diameter)
- Potting soil
- Trellis (1 foot wide and 4 feet tall)
- Water-soluble fertiliser (5-5-5)
- Stretchy plant ties
- Melon netting
- Sharp knife