Melons are a unique crop that you can grow in Minecraft. The melon slices can be eaten, but they also have some crafting recipes that set it apart from other crops. Finding melon seeds can be difficult, but once you grow one melon you can easily increase the number of melons you can obtain by converting the slices into melon seeds. Melons do not grow like most crops, there are some quirks about melon plants that you will need to be aware of. This guide will show you the required materials to grow melons as well as how to grow melons in Minecraft.
If you are interested in growing melons, you will need to locate some melon seeds. Melons will naturally generate in savannah/desert villages or in jungles, so you can search these locations if you want a quick way to obtain melon seeds. You can also obtain melon seeds from wandering traders for 1 emerald. These seeds can also be found in mineshafts, dungeons, woodland mansions, and if you are playing on the Bedrock edition, can be found in your bonus chest.
In order to plant the melon seeds, you will need a hoe. The type of hoe does not matter, and a higher quality material does not yield higher crop values, it just increases the durability and block breaking speeds. Use whatever material is expendable.
If you want to increase the speed of your melon plant’s growth, you will want to ensure that the tilled land is hydrated. This will ensure that your melon plants are healthy and prevent frustration down the line.
Finally, if you want to quickly speed up the growth of your melon plants, you can use bone meal on the plants to get them to mature quickly. This only speeds up the growth of the melon stem itself, not the melon itself.
1. The first step in growing melons would be to locate some melon seeds. In the past, the only way to find melon seeds was to locate them through treasure loot. These days, you can find melons growing naturally in savannah villages and jungle biomes. You can also find them through wandering trader inventories, they will trade melon seeds for 1 emerald.
2. Regardless of your method, you only need 1 melon seed to eventually grow large amounts of melons. Once you have located your melon seeds, consider where you would like to plant your melons. Use a hoe to till the ground to prepare your melon seeds.
3. Also, consider where you want the melons to grow. If you have all four sides of the melon plant open, the melon can randomly grow at any one of these four sides. If you want your melon plants to grow in a row, ensure that the melon plant only has one space that the eventual melon could fit.
4. Next, you will want to ensure the ground is hydrated by placing a water source block within 4 blocks of the tilled ground. While 1 tile of water can hydrate a large area, you can add more water for cosmetic purposes if you wish.
5. Next, you will just need to plant your melon seeds. For your melons to grow, they require at least one adjacent block of space that is open. Having multiple blocks of space will increase the time that melons will grow, but it can be difficult keeping the melons looking neat and orderly.
6. Once your melon seeds are planted, you can wait for the stems to grow on their own, or you can use bone meal on the stems to accelerate the process. Below you can see the different maturity levels of the melon stem.
7. Once the melon stem has reached maturity, it will grow a melon every 10-30 minutes. The melon requires less time if there are more open spaces adjacent to the melon. Also consider that the block adjacent to the melon stem needs to be dirt, grass, farmland, or coarse dirt. Your melons will also need a light level of 9 in order to generate. Keep some torches nearby your plants to ensure that they can still grow even at night or underground.
Torches provide a light level of 14, decreasing by 1 every block away from the torch. Once your melons have grown, you can break the melon to obtain melon slices. These slices can be used to make more melon seeds. Each melon slice will provide one melon seed for you to make another plant with.
8. After just one melon grows, you can create a melon farm with the resulting seeds.
It is worth noting that if you break the melon with a silk touch enchanted tool, you will obtain the melon block itself rather than slices.
That is all you need to do to grow melons in Minecraft.
There are a few quirks about melons that the game checks for before growing melons. Firstly, ensure that the melon stem has an open space adjacent to the stem. If there are crop seeds planted right next to the stem or if the block adjacent to the melon stem is not dirt, coarse dirt, grass, or farmland, the melon will not grow. Also, ensure that the light level is high enough, melons need a light level of 9 to generate. If all of these conditions are met, be patient, sometimes melons take up to 30 minutes to grow.
Depending on whether or not the melon's internal timer fails to grow due to surrounding blocks, melons take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes to grow. To ensure that the melons grow as fast as possible, you can leave the four spaces around the melon stem open to ensure that the melons grow as fast as possible.
Melons do not need specifically sunlight to grow in Minecraft. They require a light level of 9, so you can grow melons underground without any access to the sky as long as you keep the melon plant well lit. Consider placing glowstone nearby for the brightest possible light levels, or place many different light-emitting blocks to ensure you meet the 9 light level quota.
Congratulations, you now know how to farm melons in Minecraft. These crops can be finicky to deal with and have some special rules to remember, but they provide a lot of food at once and can even be used as decoration. Melons can grow exponentially and provide entire double chests of food quickly. Once you have obtained a melon seed, consider planting it just for the capability of expanding later. While melon slices are not high in saturation or hunger values, it is cheap and you can grow astounding amounts of melons quickly.