Ripening

When a Melon is ripe:

  • It develops a very strong aroma.
  • The blossom end gets soft.
  • Most varieties develop cracks around the stem.
  • Gently roll the fruit in your hand, if it separates from the vine it is ready.
  • The tendril closest to the fruit usually shrivels up.
  • The spot where the melon was resting on the ground will turn from white to yellow.

When and How

Whole Fruit, 1-56 days after maturity

When: The first fruits will be ready to harvest in mid to late summer, about 35 to 45 days after pollination. The key to great Melons is to pick them at the peak of ripeness, so don’t pick a melon before its time (or after it). There are several ways to tell when a melon is ripe, though not all of these indicators may be present at the same time.

How: It is best to cut the fruit from the vine, leaving a couple of inches of stem attached. Handle the fruit carefully once it is harvested, as it will bruise very easily.

Harvest melons when the tendril closest to the stem turns dry and brown and the stem becomes brittle.

Plants/person:

1.0

Yield/plant:

3.0-10.0lbs

Yield/sq. ft.:

1.0-3.0lbs

Fruit Size:

7.0"-8.0"

Exterior Color:

Cream

Interior Color:

Pale Green

Nutrition:

The fruits contain Vitamin C, betacarotene, potassium, pectin and several beneficial phytochemicals, including lycopene and zeaxanthin.