OldHippieMommaSeptember 24, 2013

Hi - I had a volunteer cantaloupe vine grow in my garden this year. When I went to check the biggest one yesterday, it came right off in my hand when I barely had touched it.

Does this mean it is ripe? I want to have it for breakfast but I'm afraid to cut into it until I know for sure that it is. Although, I guess it won't ripen any further now, just get softer.


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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

If it falls off easily it should be ripe enough to eat. Yours looks ripe. If there is green in the background below the netting then they may need to set a day or two. A really ripe one also usually has a good aroma in the stem area.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 2:09PM
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gator_rider2(z8 Ga.)

OldHippieMomma enjoy that melon its ready and remember where seed go back to. I bought cucumber seed in 2010 I let some get to big and they dry till soil in spring and new crop pops up way to thick I thin and go again.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 4:15PM
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Thanks, Gator_rider 2! I did open it up and it was definitely ripe - and very tasty.

Last year my husband and I started a compost pile. I guess it didn't break down enough as, after he put some around the garden, there were all kinds of volunteers popping up. There was some very healthy spinach but most looked like squash. We kept a few of those - they ended up being ornamental squash. One vine had different looking leaves so I decided to keep it and it turned out to be the cantaloupe.

I didn't think the growing season where I live was long enough to grow melons. Now that I know I can, I plan to grow more next year. I hope to find some heirloom seed or at the very least non-GMO.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2013 at 11:11AM
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