How to Save Cantaloupe Seeds: Saving, Drying & Storing

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Learn how to save cantaloupe seeds so you can grow delicious orange melons for your family! Saving cantaloupe seeds is quick, easy, and fun for garden-loving kids to lend a hand.

You can save cantaloupe seeds from homegrown or store-bought cantaloupes. Once we had the most delicious store-bought cantaloupe – and I typically don’t care for cantaloupe – but it was so good even I loved it. So, I saved a bunch of seeds from it!

Follow these easy steps on saving melon seeds from cantaloupes and add them to your fruit seeds collection.

Learning how to save cantaloupe seeds is easy - first halve the cantaloupe.
Learning how to save cantaloupe seeds is easy – first halve the cantaloupe.

What do cantaloupe seeds look like?

Cantaloupe seeds look a lot like cucumber seeds. Seeds from cantaloupes are light cream to light tan in color. They are small, relatively slender pointed ovals.

How to Save Cantaloupe Seeds

To save cantaloupe seeds, gather a sturdy cutting board, a sharp knife, and a metal spoon. You should also get a paper plate and a few paper towels.

Now you are ready to collect cantaloupe seeds! This is also how to deseed a cantaloupe for fresh eating.

  1. Shallow-cut a cantaloupe in half, whichever way is comfortable.
  2. Gently pry it apart or cut the rest of the way through, slowly, to free the two halves.
  3. Twist or pull the two halves apart to reveal the seeded interior.
  4. Use a spoon to scrape out the cantaloupe seeds and connective membrane. Keep scraping until the entire half is smooth and seed-free.
  5. Repeat the scraping process for the other side.
  6. Carefully free the seeds from the membrane and spread them out on an uncoated paper plate or some paper towels to dry.
  7. Be sure to label the seeds if you are saving other types of seeds as well.
Cantaloupe Seeds spilling out of a cut cantaloupe
Cantaloupe Seeds spilling out of a cut cantaloupe

Drying, Saving, and Storing Seeds from Cantaloupes

Saved cantaloupe seeds will come in handy when it’s time to plant your garden seeds next time. After harvesting cantaloupe seeds from a ripe cantaloupe, as outlined above, prepare to dry and store the seeds.

Try these tips on how to dry, save and store cantaloupe seeds.

  1. Each day, go over the to paper plate of saved cantaloupe seeds and mix them around. Free any from the plate that stick to it and gently break apart clumps of seeds.
  2. After about a week, if the seeds seem dry, you can store them. Transfer the cantaloupe seeds into a paper envelope or small paper bag for storage. (if you are totally sure they are completely dry, you can consider storing cantaloupe seeds in plastic containers and bags.
  3. Label the type of cantaloupe seeds as well as the harvested date (year).
  4. Keep the seeds safe in a cool, dry, dark location such as a basement.

Saving Cantaloupe Seeds

Melon seeds like cantaloupes will generally grow nicely for you when saved correctly. Save cantaloupe seeds with these quick and easy steps to enjoy a future harvest from your fruit garden.

Lots of cantaloupe seeds in a fresh-cut cantaloupe melon
Lots of cantaloupe seeds in a fresh-cut cantaloupe melon

Here are a few tips to help with saving and storing cantaloupe seeds:

  • Leave cantaloupe seeds out to dry on a paper plate for natural drying.
  • Make sure cantaloupe seeds are totally dry before storing.
  • Label the cantaloupe variety and harvested date.
  • After harvesting cantaloupe seeds, cube up the cantaloupe and enjoy it for a healthy snack!
  • Pack up a few extra individually sized seed envelopes of cantaloupe seeds for swapping.
  • Let the kids help!

Both my daughters loved harvesting seeds from any kinds of melons or pumpkins. They had great fun saving seeds from cantaloupes that we grew.

By the way, if you love cantaloupe, you might also want to check out our post on Cantaloupe Companion Plants.

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Do you have any questions or tips about how to save cantaloupe seeds or drying and storing seeds from cantaloupes? Definitely hit us up in the comments! We love hearing from you!

Happy Gardening!

09.26.22 – Edited to add cantaloupe products and improved spacing.

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  1. Do you have to store dry cantaloupe seeds in the fridge or freezer? Can I put them in an envelope ( completely dry) and store them in a bottom seldom used drawer?

    1. Hi Brenda, nice hearing from you! This is my usual plan – I actually saved some seeds from my favorite cantaloupe ever in a paper envelope you’d use to mail something. They germinated just fine even a few years later. 🙂 (BTW sorry for the delay – we were out of town.) Best of luck with your garden!

  2. I noticed you didn’t suggest freezing for 2 days and then keeping in the fridge until the following year after drying. These seem like completely different ways for both to work effectively. ??

    1. Hi Lorrie,
      Thanks for your comment! Personally, I don’t have the space to refrigerate my seeds so, so far, I haven’t refrigerated my stored seeds. I will use the fridge to cold stratify some kinds of seeds when trying to get them started though.

      Just like with planting, a few different methods can work. If you want to try two ways and compare your germination rates and plant quality the next year, that can be an awesome gardening experiment!

    1. Hi Sandy! Great questions! I have saved seeds from cantaloupe even when growing watermelon nearby. As far as I am aware, these types of melon do not cross-pollinate (although some types of melons may). I believe the worst trouble comes more when gourds are planted near zucchini as far as seed saving. I have saved and germinated cantaloupe seeds from refrigerated cantaloupe as well! Best wishes!

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