When To Pick Cantaloupes From The Vine
Will cantaloupe ripen off the vine?
Being light colored, the ground spot technique does not work and they do not “self-pick” like cantaloupe. However, like cantaloupe, they continue to ripen off the plant. Left on the plant, cantaloupe fruit begin to disconnect when mature and the fruit will essentially pick itself and be ready to eat right away. via
How do you know when a melon is ripe on the vine?
When ripe, the color of the rind should be a creamy yellow rather than green, and the rind will become smooth and waxy rather than dusky. If you press on the bottom of a ripe honeydew (the opposite end from where it's attached to the vine), it should feel slightly soft or at least a little springy. via
How long does it take for a cantaloupe to ripen on the vine?
Cantaloupe matures in about 80 to 90 days. Melons are normally ready to harvest when they start turning yellow on the bottom and the stem starts turning brown. via
What month do you harvest cantaloupe?
From there, they stagger the germination process through the month of March to ensure a steady harvest, starting off that long cantaloupe season all of us California cantaloupe lovers enjoy. This year, California cantaloupe harvest in the southern desert of the state will last from early May through June. via
How do you sweeten an unripe cantaloupe?
How can you tell when a cantaloupe is ripe and sweet?
Smell it. A ripe cantaloupe should have an overall sweet smell, but I get the absolute best melon by putting my nose close to the blossom end (the end opposite the stem). It should smell sweet and slightly musky. If it doesn't smell good, I don't buy it. via
When should I pick my melons?
Many gardeners will turn their melons over every week or so to avoid this patch from forming. When the field patch on the bottom of the melon turns to cream or yellow, the melon is ready to pick! via
How do you pick out good cantaloupe?
Cantaloupe is a seasonal fruit and warm spring weather brings the right time to start purchasing cantaloupe. To select a ripe cantaloupe, look for tan cantaloupe with light green lines across it, and avoid choosing melons with brown or soft spots. The melon should be firm but not too soft or too hard. via
What does an unripe cantaloupe look like?
A ripe cantaloupe will have beige, tan, creamy yellow or golden rind. Green rind indicates that the fruit is unripe. The fruit will have a raised, textured webbing on its exterior. Don't be concerned with discoloration – this is usually just the spot where the melon rested on the ground while being grown in the field. via
How do you tell the difference between a male and female cantaloupe flower?
The easiest way is looking at the flower stem. The male rises from the vine with a single plain stem of its own. The female has a cute little bulge that will become the fruit if pollinated. via
How often do you water a cantaloupe?
Cantaloupes need about 1 to 2 inches of water per week. If you don't receive that much rain weekly, water deeply but infrequently to reach that amount. As fruits mature, gradually reduce and stop watering because too much moisture can cause the rinds to split. via
What can I do with under ripe cantaloupe?
Should I soak cantaloupe seeds before planting?
Seed Watering Notes: Be careful not to overwater germinating seeds or they may rot. It's best to soak the ground or the potting soil heavily when first planting, then avoid watering again if possible until seedlings emerge. via
How big do cantaloupe plants get?
It'll mature within 80-90 days and weigh in at two to three pounds. Vines will spread up to 72 inches and grow 15-18 inches tall. via
How do you prune a cantaloupe plant?
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. Using pruning shears, cut lateral vines that grow from the primary up to the eighth leaf node. via
How do you ripen cantaloupe overnight? (video)
How do you ripen cantaloupe after cutting?
Place the fruit in a brown paper bag rolled closed at the top to help the melon to ripen faster for eating. Once you've already cut the cantaloupe it needs to be refrigerated, which slows any further softening. via
What does a bad cantaloupe taste like?
A ripe melon gives off a sweet scent even through its rind. If there's no smell or just a faint one, the melon isn't ripe yet; if there's an astringent or sour smell, the cantaloupe is already spoiling. via