Culture: Melon seed needs warm soil to germinate properly - 5 to 10 days at 21 C (70 F) soil temperature. Do not rush planting as cooler soil can delay germination and often leads to the seed rotting before it has a chance to sprout. Seed can also be started indoors about 2-3 weeks before your normal outside planting time. Use a soil-less mix and plantable containers when starting melon seed indoors as they do not transplant well if the roots are disturbed in the process. We recommend feeding the seedlings with a good quality vegetable fertilizer shortly after transplanting. To help get the best quality melons, it is important to keep the soil evenly watered through the growing season. To harvest, apply gentle pressure between the stem and fruit rather than merely yanking the fruit from the vine. A packet of hybrid melon contains about 20 seeds, enough for 4 to 5 hills; open pollinated varieties contain approx. 50 seeds per packet, which is enough for 8 hills. Days to maturity listed are from the transplant stage.