Can I Still save seeds from unripe melons?
This is my first year growing melons. I have Schoon's Hard Shell, Honey Rock and Blacktail Mountain watermelons. I had great results with healthy plants and plenty of great-looking melons. Unfortunately, we had a very cool, rainy summer, and now the plants have developed some fungus that has devestated the leaves. There was an article in the paper that said this is a wide-spread problem and that once the fungus takes hold, the fruits and vegetables stop ripening. So, I have 80-90% ripe melons. They're no good to eat, but can I still save the seeds from at least the watermelons? When I cut one open, the seeds are begining to darken, some about 50-75%. Will these germinate? I'm a member of the Seed Savers Exchange and I don't want to send poor quality seeds to anyone who might request them. But if they're good seeds, I'd hate to waste them and all of my work.
Let me know what you think. Thanks