I'm growing cantaloupe for the first time. Three plants are in a small baby pool and the vines are doing great! I live in WA west of the Cascades. The fruit is just beginning to show. The largest is approx 1 1/2" in diameter. There are many flowers and some small fruit in addition. Should I prune off some of the flowers and/or vines to help the larger fruit ripen? I'm hoping that doing that will direct more nutrients to the larger fruit and perhaps speed the maturation. We should have warm temperatures all this month.
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
my new cantaloupe seedlings that have been planted for 2 weeks are turning yellow and dying. I have them covered from hot sun and they are watered well when needed..... watermelon seedlings also have died?
Did you harden them off before planting them? If you started them indoors they can be gradually exposed to the bright sun. Also, have you checked for aphids or spider mites? There are a number of possibilities. I hope these articles will help:
I tried to grow melons once but the deer killed them off. I do not normally buy them while as I am clueless as to what is good versus bad. I had a melon delivered that has a rather distinct brown spot that I am not sure is a problem or not. I figured if it was you would know as you grow them all the time. Do this photo represent a good or bad melon?
This appears to be just from sitting on the ground. This doesn't appear to be anything bad. Cutting into it will help you to determine whether this is the case, or not.
After harvesting my crop, if I leave the plants in the ground for the winter, will they regrow next year? If so, should I cut them down just above the ground.
Unless you leave fruits to drop seeds, then no. They will not come back from roots.
You wrote: When pruning cantaloupe plants, the idea is to retain the primary vine, remove the first lateral and reduce the size of all the additional secondary branches.
Yes, they are the same. The sentence before that one explains, "Melons produce a primary stem with many secondary or lateral branches."
To kill bugs. Growing melons in a large tub.
Covering with netting will keep away a lot of insects, especially squash bug moths. You also can watch the undersides of leaves for their copper eggs and destroy them as you see them. If you see moths hovering around your plants, it's a good indication there are eggs.
This information should help:
I read an article and went through the whole process of soaking the cantaloupe melon seeds, drying them out for two days, putting them in a glass jar in the freezer for two days, and then putting them in the refrigerator. After they go in the refrigerator, do they just stay there until you’re ready to plant them the next year, or do they get stored at room temperature?
You can leave them in the fridge till planting time. Storing them in this cool environment will keep them fresher longer, up to three or four years.