IMage of a seed packet filled with Hales Best Rockmelon seeds.  The seeds are organic and non-GMO, and sold by Urban Bounty NZ.

Organic Rockmelon Seeds

FRUI-MELO-1-1

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Grow rockmelon (Cucumis melo) in your medium sized tropical, Mediterranean or cottage garden.  In late summer you will be able to enjoy one of the true edible delights of summer. Hales Best is a variety that is a sweet, fragrant variety that is powdery mildew resistant. 

Our Ecoseeds range is certified organic, non-GMO and open pollinated. Each packet of Rockmelon seeds contains approximately 15 seeds. 

What is Rockmelon (Cantaloupe)?

Rockmelon (also known as Cantaloupe, Sweet Melon or Sanspek) is a large round fruit that grows on a vine.  It has luscious, sweet orange flesh encased in a hard beige skin on the outside. 

Culinary Uses for Rockmelon (Cantaloupe) 

The sweet orange flesh of a Rockmelon is the edible part - scoop out the seeds and slice discard the skin before eating. 

Rockmelon is delicious in a breakfast fruit salad or fruit kebab, but it also pairs well with savory flavours.  In Italy, wedges of raw Rockmelon are wrapped in salty prosciutto on antipasti menus.  Try it in a prawn and avocado salad, or match with feta and rocket.     

Growing Conditions - Rockmelon (Cantaloupe)

 

We recommend that you grow two-three Rockmelon plants to increase the chances of successful pollination.  Wait until the soil has warmed to 20 - 25 degrees Celsius before sowing.  

Rockmelon love the full sun and rich, free draining soil (preferably mildly acidic).  They grow best in a sheltered spot, as they don't tolerate wind, frost or drought well.  Peas and beans are good companion plants for Rockmelon. 

This plant is hungry and thirsty, so growing it takes a little work.  Keep soil consistently moist (not soggy) when the seedlings are young, but only water when the soil dries out once the fruit have grown to tennis ball size.  Feed your plants every two to three weeks during the growing season.   If you are growing your Cantaloupe in a container, support the weight of trellised fruit by wrapping them in recycled pantyhose tied to the trellis. 

Once your Cantaloupe vine has set two - four fruit, nip out the tip of the vine.  This will concentrate the plant's energy into producing succulent melons, rather than more vine.  The melons are ripe when the skin colour lightens and the fruit pulls away from the vine easily.

Growing Instructions - Rockmelon Seeds

  • This plant is best raised in seed-raising mix and transplanted into the garden
  • Transplant: Late spring - early summer
  • Spacing: 100 cm apart
  • Sowing depth: 1.2 cm
  • Keep soil consistently moist (but not soggy) while germinating
  • Germination: 7 - 10 days
  • Harvest: 100 days from transplant

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  

 

Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options: info@urbanbounty.co.nz

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.