I try to grow melons (ex. cantaloupe, watermelons, pumpkins, gourds). Sometimes I will have twenty (20) blooms on a plant, but then the bloom will begin to wilt and fall off, just like you take a knife and cut it off. The plant stays healthy and may produce 1 or 2 melons. Can you shed some light on what the problem may be? Thank you.
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This is actually normal behavior. As with squash plants, melons and pumpkins produce more male flowers early in the season, which eventually drop off. Males do not produce fruit. Given a little time and patience, your plants should begin putting out female blooms and you will begin to see some fruiting.