In 2019 two plot holders on our allotment site Wally and John grew water melons out on the allotment and not under glass. Looking at the RHS Web site re Melons it states that there are three groups of sweet melons. Canteloupe melons, with their orange flesh are the best ones for us to grow in the UK. You can also grow honeydew types, which have firm yellow flesh, and musk melons, which must be grown in a greenhouse.
For best results in our cooler climate grow your melons in a greenhouse or coldframe, or against a sunny sheltered wall with a cloche covering them.
Last year I grew these three Amarillo Oro from one plant under a glass panel up against the boundary wall. This year I'm going to have a bash at growing all 5 again up against the wall and in one of the greenhouses. I saved the seeds from these melons and will be using them this year and sharing the love by donating seeds to my fellow plot holders.
Sow By 2021
Sow By 2022
Sow By 2024
Mangomel F1 - 4 Seeds - £3.99 - Suttons - Packed for year end 2022 - Sow by 7/2024
Sow By 2026
Magia Negra F1 - Mr Fothergills - 10 Seeds - £3.45
Packed year ending July/23 and Sow By date recommend on the pack of Dec/26 Melon seeds actually last between 5 - 8 years if stored correctly.
Again another very short description for these seeds on the D.T.Browns web site that says:-
"An unusual Asian variety with a fresh tangy-sweet flavour. The bushy plants show good resistance to downy and powdery mildew."
If you click on the Growing Tips field you get this information
"SOW INDOORS January-April, singly into pots, 0.5cm/quarter inch deep. Keep at 20-25C/68-75F. Harden off late May. Plant out at 4-5 leaf stage to growing bags in the greenhouse, or a warm, sheltered area in the garden, spaced 45cm/18in. apart.
Train main stems up vertical wires and remove the growing points at approx. 7th leaf stage."
Information missing from the web page but on the pack below:-
"Feed regularly when fruit sets.
Harvest July - October. Outdoor crops from late August."
This year it appears that web authors for seed companies are being very lazy on not putting all the information on the pack on the web site pages.
Suttons and Dobies, web pages for their new vegetables have also been lacking with them also getting the graphics incorrect for sowing transplanting and harvesting. I do give feedback to all companies when I find errors and short comings on their web pages.
I'm really looking forward to trying these in the greenhouse and outside against my wall under a glass panel this year.