How to know when to pick cantaloupe?

gardenfanatic(MO zone5b)September 25, 2010

I have 2 cantaloupes on my cantaloupe vine. How do I know when to pick them?

Deanna

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farmerdilla

If they are regular North American cantaloupes, They will slip (release from the vine) when ripe.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2010 at 6:29PM
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gardenfanatic(MO zone5b)

Don't know what kind they are. The seeds were from some cantaloupe I got at the Farmers Market last year.

They're about the size of a softball right now. Will they continue to ripen until frost? If they aren't ripe at frost, will it help if I cover them when it frosts?

Deanna

    Bookmark   September 25, 2010 at 6:34PM
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farmerdilla

They will get slower and slower as the daylenght decreases. The longer you can keep the vines alive, the better your chances of getting a ripe cantaloupe. Once the vine dies they are through.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2010 at 7:20PM
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