Melons like cucumbers require ample moisture for the growth and fruit setting. During the fruiting ripening stage, however, too much water will diminish the flavor of the melons.
Harvest when a small crack appears in the stem just above the melon indicating the melon is ripe. Feel, sound and smell are the other tests. Hold a melon up to your ear, if you can feel it squeeze and hear a slight mush instead of a crack it is ripe. Smell is something you learn with experience. It works.
The slipping of the stem from the melon with slight finger pressure is an excellent indicator of melon ripeness in the field. Those fruit that show a change of color from green or olive-grey to yellowish brown should be considered ready to harvest. For best quality, walk the patch daily.
Honeydew: Harvest when the stem end is slightly springy and the skin begins to take on a creamy yellow appearance.
Muskmelons: Harvest when firm, well netted, well formed and at “full slip”.
Full slip is when the melon separates from the stem with a slight pressure from the finger. Another indicator of ripening is the skin taking on a slightly yellow appearance under the netting.
Watermelon: Harvest when the white background color of the part of the melon that rest on the ground begins to turn creamish to slightly yellow. The drying of the stem tendril nearest the attachment point and green color tone are also indicators of ripeness.
You’ll love these personal size, mini cantaloupes with intensely sweet, deep orange flesh that top out about the size of a small grapefruit. Sugar Cube cantaloupes are widely adapted, bear early, and produce abundantly over a long harvest season. The vigorous vines have exceptional disease resistance; this variety thrives where most melons struggle. Fruits make delicious individual snacks and scrumptious summer desserts. Disease resistance codes: F3, PM, WMV, PRSV, ZYMV
Quality and reliability in a classic oblong melon with juicy sweet flesh. An excellent variety for gardeners and growers alike, with vibrant red, firm, fine-textured flesh and silver and dark green striping. Resistant to Fusarium wilt and anthracnose. Disease-resistant · 15-25 lbs (Citrullus lanatus). Days to maturity: 85 days
Renee's mix of small, crispy-sweet, heirloom “ice box” watermelons with either pinky-red or yellow flesh. Vines are strong growers, with tough and crack resistant rinds. (approx. 45 seeds/pack). Maturity 68-80 days.
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All-America winner! Super productive and easy to grow, Mini Love watermelons are perfect for large containers and small gardens. These early bearing, compact vines yield pretty green-striped fruits that are just the right size for individual servings, so watermelon lovers can enjoy having a whole fruit all to themselves. Mini Love’s ruby-red flesh is tender-crisp, sweet and succulent with few seeds. These crack-resistant little beauties are 4-6 inches in diameter, and weigh 3-6 pounds. A..
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