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  • Answered by
    GKH_Susan on
    September 9, 2020
    Certified Expert

    The cooperative extension service offers this advice:

    "The more leaves on a vine, the sweeter the fruit will be, so leave the main vines unpruned. You can prune the lateral vines coming off the main vine. You can cut them back up to about the 8th leaf node from the stem. Remove misshapen or damaged fruit so that the vine puts its energy into the good fruit. About 50 days before the first frost date, start pinching off any new flowers to encourage the ripening of the fruit that is already growing."

    Here's a GKH article about harvesting cantaloupe: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/cantaloupe/harvesting-cantaloupe.htm

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