Planting Guide to Banana Melons
Soil - Fertilizer
A Soil pH of 6.5 to 6.7 is optimal, as low as 6.2 is acceptable. For optimal fruit production, avoid high-nitrogen fertilizers.
Companion Planting Avoid planting banana melon near it's relatives, which are other melons, squash cucumbers, and pumpkins, so as to avoid cross pollination and disease-pest sharing.
Water the melons bi weekly allowing the water to seep into the soil until the top 1/2 foot of soil is thoroughly wet. Watering in the morning is advisable so the foliage is wet for the least time possible - this helps prevent fungal diseases. You might also want to consider a Drip Irrigation System. In late Summer water the melons less frequently ,this encourages the fruit to mature and reduces the risk of cracking melons.
Harvest banana melons after about 90 days, although this varies among some sub cultivars as well as due to growing conditions.
When the melons pulls easily off the vine they are generally ready. Banana melons quickly turn yellow in a short time as it ripens. You can also check the stem of each fruit for dryness. Ripe fruits have a dry stem that is brown and somewhat shriveled.