Melon

Vegetables

Summary

A melon is any of various plants of the family Cucurbitaceae with sweet, edible, and fleshy fruit. The word "melon" can refer to either the plant or specifically to the fruit. Botanically, a melon is a kind of berry, specifically a "pepo".

Description

Melons are rounded or elongate, of yellow or green rind, sometimes combined depending on the variety. It has an aromatic, juicy and sweet flesh, being an ideal fruit to fight thirst.

Varieties

Sugar Cube, Early Delicious


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Exposure
  • Full Sun
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Sub-Categories
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
Growing Tips

Melons ripen 35 to 45 days after pollination, depending on weather conditions. Do not wait for the fruit to fall off the vine. Watch for signs it is ready to be harvested. The skin turns greenish beige, the netting becomes rough and dry, and the tendrils near the fruit turn brown and dry. When these signs are present the cantaloupe may be ready for harvest. Gently twist the fruit from the stem. It should come off easily. If not, let it ripen a bit more.

Watering

While the plants are growing, blooming, and setting fruit, they need two gallons of water per week. Watering in the morning is preferred to allow leaves to dry off in the afternoon so that they do not develop fungus or mildew. As the fruit grows, taper the watering. Hot, dry conditions produce the sweetest melons.

Fertilizing

Feeding is not recommended unless a soil test is performed. Too much nitrogen in the soil can lead to low fruit production. Amend the soil prior to planting and test the soil if the weather is especially wet.

Pruning

When fruit production does start, it might sound counterproductive but cut off new blossoms on the end of the vine. This will decrease the amount of the yield but increase the size and taste of the fruit already on the vine.


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