African Horned Cucumber
Jelly Melons can also be started indoors 2-4 weeks before the last frost date for an early harvest.
The soil should be consistently moist to about an inch in depth during the seed germination period. Germination period is 2 -3 weeks with maturity in about 120 days.
Once the plant is established water it deeply, the morning or early afternoon is best . The Jelly Melon needs 1 to 2 inches of water weekly, soaking the soil to about a half foot.
Water Stress from lack of water as well as Over-watering can cause the melons to crack and split.
You will want the soil to dry between watering, "consistently moist" does not mean constantly wet , constantly wet will lead to fungal diseases.
Organic mulch, such as straw or grass clippings spread around the plant base would be helpful , especially during the dog days of summer when the temperatures exceed 75 degrees Fahrenheit. This will help to retain moisture and suppress weeds.
Apply general-use fertilizer such as 6-10-10 is fine, avoid high nitrogen fertilizers which are designed for foliage growth at the expense of the fruits. You might want consider using plastic mulch and an inexpensive drip irrigation system not only for horned melons but most other plants in your garden would also benefit.
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