How to Grow Korean Melon: A Guide | Enhanced Garden&Life
Updated: Oct 6, 2021
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The Chamoe Korean Melon is a rare and exotic fruit that most of us never get to taste. This Korean melon guide will teach you how to grow this fruit, which is mostly found in South Korea, so you can bring its sweet flavor home! You don't want to miss out on this sweet and lovely melon!
As I'm walking down the street in Korea holding her hand and talking to her, we come across an extravagant garden with eye-catching yellow melons! We stopped because I have to know about this melon, I've never seen them before and they're beautiful! She told me a story about her family growing them when she was a child and how she misses these melons. They are so sweet, crisp, and juicy! The white crisp flesh is really satisfying with a subtle sweetness and hints of banana, cantaloupe, cucumber, and honeydew.
She loves them and they sound delicious! Now you know I have to grow these melons for us!
I've searched for seeds and now have found them, so let's grow Korean melons!
We need a sunny spot in the garden for our Chamoe Korean Melon. Keep it well-watered and fertilize often with fish or seaweed fertilizer to maximize its sweet, juicy flavor. The Korean melons grow from seedlings to mature fruit in about 100 days.
The Container Size for Korean Melons
Korean Melon will need a pot that has good drainage. The soil should be well-drained and free of debris, such as stones or roots.
Be aware that Korean Melon will need a pot with at least five gallons of soil to grow. You must be sure to have enough space for the amount of Korean Melons you are growing; otherwise, they will not get the proper sunlight and water needed.
I have two Korean melon plants growing in this container.
I have chosen to grow two plants in a five-gallon container. The soil should be loamy with lots of organic matter to provide nutrients, aeration, and water retention.
I prefer to make a soil mix myself, but you may also choose a good potting soil. I like Happy Frog Potting Soil. It's essential to make sure you use a potting mix if you buy soil. Buying potting soil will get expensive. Well-draining soil is vital for growing in pots. Korean melon needs well-draining loamy soil rich in organic matter.
A good soil mixture is one part compost, one part coco coir, and one part perlite. I add six tablespoons of greensand, six tablespoons of bone meal, six tablespoons of blood meal, and three tablespoons of azomite to the mix. This is what I use for a five-gallon container.
- Korean melons are herbaceous, and therefore require plenty of sunshine to grow. Korean melon needs to have at least six hours of sunlight per day to grow and produce the best flavor.
Water is vital for growing any plant so be sure you keep your soil moist but not soaked through.
- Chamoe Korean Melons require a lot of water so be sure you provide extra watering in dry seasons, especially during summer and heatwaves.
-Soak the roots with enough water each time. Don't overwater as the plant will rot.
Korean Melon Growing Tips
- The Korean melon plant is also sensitive to cold temperatures, so it needs protection from frost during wintertime if you plan on growing your Korean melon outside. If you don't live in a warm enough climate for year-round outdoor gardening, just start by planting your Korean melon plants indoors in the spring.
- Korean Melons can be grown both inside and outside, as long as they have enough sunshine to grow healthy leaves that will eventually turn into fruit. Outside planting is best for warmer climates with plenty of sun exposure throughout the day; while indoor cultivation is most successful in cooler regions where there are limited hours of sunlight.
- Korean Melons can grow in containers and thrive with frequent watering, or they can be grown as a vegetable crop in the soil if you have space for it. The most important thing is to keep them well-watered at all times so that they don't dry out during their growth stages, which will lead to decreased yields.
Nutrition and Health Benefits of Korean Melon
Nutrition of Korean melon
Korean melons are low in calories, high in water and dietary fiber. One serving of Korean melon will only provide 18 calories per hundred grams which is less than the caloric content of apples. Dietary fiber founds within Korean Melons helps lower blood cholesterol levels and can also help prevent constipation. Korean melon also contains a high level of potassium, which helps lower blood pressure and regulate muscle function.
Health Benefits of Korean Melons
Korean melon contains an important antioxidant called lycopene, which is found to be a powerful agent in reducing the risk of prostate cancer. Lycopene also helps reduce high blood pressure and has been known to have anti-inflammatory properties; this can help prevent arthritis and asthma. Korean melons are also a good source of vitamin C and potassium.
How to Eat Korean Melon
- A well-grown Korean melon should be heavy for its size with a full, plump shape.
The melon is ripe when it's yellow or orange. The Korean melon should be eaten when the rind is soft and has a sweet aroma, making it easy to peel away at the surface layer with your teeth before eating any of its fleshy fruit.
Korean Melons are best enjoyed fresh but can also be canned for use as dessert side dishes during warm weather months. Their high water content will ensure they don't dry out, which means more flavor in every bite!
Korean melon can be eaten in a number of different ways. You can cut it and eat it as is or you could put some honey on top for a sweet treat or even blend the Korean Melon in its entirety into a smoothie if you want to drink your lunch!
- Cut up Korean melons with the skin still on and enjoy them like an apple, putting any desired toppings on top such as salt, sugar, cinnamon powder, etc. If they are too hard to slice then peel off the skin first before cutting it all around and eating from there.
I'm hoping you have learned a few things today about how to grow, harvest, and eat Korean melon! If so, please share your thoughts about this in the comments below. I'm always looking for new ways to help my readers live healthier lives by incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables into their diets. I'll see you next time!
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