More Info about Research Hybrid Musk Melon "HONEY"
Soil: Sandy loam rich in organic matter with good drainage and pH range of 6.5 - 7.5.
Season of sowing: November to February.
Sow the seeds @ 3.0 kg/ha after treating with Trichoderma viride @ 4g or Pseudomonas fluroscens @ 10 g or carbendazim @ 2g/kg of seed on one side of the channel giving a spacing of 0.6 m between hills. Thin the seedlings after 15 days, to maintain two per hill.
Preparation of field: Plough the field to a fine tilth and form long channels at 2.5 m apart.
Irrigation: Irrigate the field before dibbling the seeds and thereafter once in a week.
Application of fertilizers: Apply FYM 20 t/ha, NPK 40:60:30 kg/ha as basal and N @ 40 kg/ha 30 days after sowing. Apply Azospirillum and Phosphobacteria @ 2 kg/ha and Pseudomonas @ 2.5 kg/ha along with FYM 50 kg and neem cake 100 kg before last ploughing.
Fertigation: Apply a dose of 200:100:100 kg NPK/ha throughout the cropping period through split application.
Fertigation schedule of Musk Melon :Recommended dose: 200:100:100 Kg/ha
So total requirement of fertilizers are as per below according to fertigation chart :
75% remaining dose of Phosphorus applied as super phosphate 75*6.25 = 469 kg/ha.
- 19:19:19 = 53 kg / ha
- 13:0:45 = 199 kg / ha
- 12:61:0 = 25 kg / ha
- Urea = 351 kg / ha
- Collect the affected fruits and destroy.
- The fly population is low in hot day conditions and it is peak in rainy season. Hence adjust the sowing time accordingly.
- Expose the pupae by ploughing.
- Use 20 x 15 cm polythene bags, fish meal trap with 5 gm of wet fish meal and 1 g of dichlorvos in cotton, 50 traps are required per hectare. Fish meal and dichlorvos impregnated cotton are to be renewed once in 20 and 7 days respectively.
5.Neem oil @ 3.0 % as foliar spray as need based
Do not use copper and sulphur dust, as these are phytotoxic.
White fly: Spray neem seed kernel extract 5 %.
Yield: 20 t/ha in 120 days.