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Anonymous on
March 7, 2011

Q. Cross Pollination

I’ve had trouble in the past with cantaloupe cross pollinating with cucumbers. Will this also be a problem with cantaloupe and squash? How far away should they be planted to keep this from happening? How about preventing-or at least minimizing cross pollination of green peppers with jalapeno? My backyard garden plot is 20 x 20.

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Anonymous on
April 4, 2011

Q. Cantaloupe

How much water should I give a small cantaloupe?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 4, 2011
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When watering, make sure the soil is moistened to a depth of at least 6 inches. Melons need extra water during fruit set and development, but too much water during the last week of fruit development will reduce sweetness of the fruit.

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Anonymous on
May 21, 2011

Q. Rooting Cantaloupe Seeds

I have seeds from a cantaloupe I bought to eat. Can I root and plant those seeds, and if so, what steps do I take to do that?

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Anonymous on
June 3, 2011

Q. Tips of Cantaloupe Leaves Are Turning Yellow

My cantaloupe leaf tips are turning yellow. They are young plants.

Answered by
Nikki on
June 3, 2011
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Asked by
vett1960 on
June 14, 2011

Q. Cantaloupe Leaves Black

My cantaloupe leaves have turned black. I have 6 pods of cantaloupes, about 10′ x 10′ with ten to fifteen 6″ cantaloupes on each. Only one pod has about a 2′ x 2′ area in the center with black leaves, not black spots. The black is not dusty. We have not have any rain for over four months. I have an underground watering system from the lake. I have not over watered. If anything, I stay on the dry side. The cantaloupes are in full sun. Last two weeks it has been 86-100 degrees. Thanks for any help.

Answered by
Heather on
June 17, 2011
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I would increase water. The leaves may simply be dying. The weather sounds like it is very dry and hot and the plants are likely going through water rapidly. The black leaves could be leaves that dehydrated quickly.

It may also be a fungus, though not sooty mold if the leaves are not powdery. Treat the plants with a fungicide to be on the safe side.

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Asked by
jeep98 on
June 18, 2011

Q. Cantaloupe Seedlings

I have a mound of cantaloupe seedlings, about 6/8 inches tall. Should I clip seedlings to best 3 or 4? Or let grow and see what I get? These are volunteers in compost heap.

Answered by
Heather on
June 21, 2011
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Yes, it is best to thin your seedlings. When they grow on top of each other, they compete for water, nutrients and other resources and none of them get very strong. For a vining plant like that, I would thin to 1-2 plants for every 6'.

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Anonymous on
June 23, 2011

Q. Cantaloupe Gardening

I am growing cantaloupe for the first time and was wondering when to harvest it. Do I wait till it looks like what the grocery store offers or do I pick early while still ripe like a tomato?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 23, 2011
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