To grow their best, melons need a warm and sunny spot with high humidity because they are tender plants. This makes them good to grow in greenhouses, cloches, or cold-frames.
Prepare the ground for growing by digging in plenty of organic matter a month before. As melons need warm conditions, covering the soil with clear polyethene for a week will help to increase the soil temperature before planting.
For the best structured plants wait until there are 5 leaves on the plant, then pinch out at this point to encourage growth of side shoots. Then, when sideshoots have grown keep the strongest 4 in place to continue growing.
When planting out, ensure there is around 90cm between each plant to give them sufficient room to grow.
Though they enjoy the heat, you still need to ensure the plants are protected from being scorched by the sun. During sunny periods shade crops growing in greenhouses with netting or use shade paint on the glass.
When the flowers appear, remove any netting or protective cover to encourage pollination.
Water the plants regularly to keep the compost moist, and feed the plants with high potassium liquid feed every week or two starting when the fruits are the about 2cm in diameter.