The Q&A Archives: Planting Proximity of Watermelon, Canteloupe

Question: I have a small garden but I do have room to plant a few watermelons and canteloupe. My question is - is there any problem with growing them side by side? I will also be growing cucumbers nearby also. Thank you Gray Miller Oak Ridge, TN

Answer: There isn't a problem growing any of the cucurbitacea family crops (melons, squash, cucumbers...) side by side, unless you are going to save the seed from these varieties. Then there may be some crossing depending on what you are growing. In general, though, cucumbers, melons and watermelons won't cross pollinate each other. It mostly happens with the squashes and pumpkins. So plant away!

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