Good & Bad Honeydew Melon Companion Plants

You want to grow cantaloupe at home but are not sure what plants you should grow with honeydew melons?

In this article, I show you the best and worst cantaloupe companion plants so that you can make a better decision in this regard.

Why do I need Companion Plants to grow Cantaloupe?

Sure, you could grow honeydew melons without companion plants.

However, you would still miss out on many benefits that good companion plants can have on the growth behavior of your cantaloupes.

Good companion plants can serve as a ground cover to keep the soil moist, loosen the soil, attract pollinators, provide shade, keep away pests and diseases and may enhance the flavor of your cantaloupes in general.

While good companion plants can have significant positive effects on your honeydew melons, there are also plants you should never grow with cantaloupe.

Hence, make sure to check out the following tables so that you know what plants you should grow with cantaloupe and what plants you should avoid at all costs and why.

Prepare the soil!

Good Cantaloupe Companion Plants

Companion PlantWhy is it good?
WatermelonsLoosen the soil.
TomatoesAttract pollinators.
SquashProvide shade.
CornProvide shade.
Collard GreensImprove soil conditions.
RadishesLoosen the soil.
OreganoKeeps away pests.
MarjoramKeeps away pests.
BorageImproves the flavor of your cantaloupes.
BeansProvide shade.
PetuniasAttract pollinators.
CatnipKeeps away bugs.
MintImproves the flavor of your honeydew melons.
TansyKeeps away ants and beetles.
MarigoldsAttract pollinators.
NasturtiumsAttract pollinators and repel aphids.

Bad Cantaloupe Companion Plants

Companion PlantWhy is it bad?
PotatoesTake away nutrients from the soil.
CucumbersInhibit the growth behavior of cantaloupe.
ZucchiniFeed on similar nutrients.
SunflowersTake away too much sun.
BroccoliSlows down the growth of honeydew melons.
KaleAttracts slugs.
CauliflowersSlows down the growth of honeydew melons.
CabbageAttracts bugs.

Best & Worst Cantaloupe Companion Plants – Summary

Best Companion PlantsWorst Companion Plants
CatnipKale
MintBeans
MarigoldsCauliflowers
TansyCabbage
NasturtiumsCucumbers
PetuniasBroccoli
MarjoramSunflowers
OreganoZucchinis
Borage
Beans
Collard Greens
Corn
Radishes
Tomatoes
Watermelons
Squash

What should you plant with Honeydew Melons?

Good companion plants for honeydew melons are squash, watermelons, corn, radish, tomatoes, borage, beans, oregano, collard greens, marjoram, petunias, nasturtiums, marigolds, tansy, catnip and mint.

You should not plant cantaloupe with cucumbers, cabbage, zucchinis, kale, cauliflowers, sunflowers, beans and broccoli.

If you enjoyed this article and want to learn more about growing cantaloupe in general, make sure to also check out my grower’s guide on how to grow cantaloupe from seed to harvest.

About the Author

My name is Andreas and I’m really passionate about our environment and also about growing plants. In fact, I have grown several different plants over many years. I love to see my plants grow and also always try new things to improve my overall conditions at home.

In my blog posts, I want to share my experiences with you so that you can become successful in growing various different plants and improving your home as well, even though you might still be a beginner right now.

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