I'm suddenly feeling a lot of pressure from knowing that both @UnderDawgAl and @zazlev grew Orangeglo on my recommendation! You guys have to promise not to be mad at me if they don't turn out as great as I said they would! Of course if they are the best thing you ever tasted then I'll take full credit. haha TO be fair though, @rayrose - another true watermelon expert- also has often cited it as one of his all time favorites (I don't think its his #1 but I know its close). Anyway, I very, very much hope they are as delicious as I know they can be in the right conditions. Also, there is just something really fun about seeing and showing other people a bright orange colored watermelon! Many people I've given one too have never seen or heard of an watermelon any color except red. Us fruit growers forget that most people just don't spend hours online looking up and learning about fruit. If Wal-Mart doesn't have it, many people don't know about it!! Same is true for Pluots,Apriums, figs, and many other fruits we all know about (though walmart has started selling most of those now)
@zazlev (Zack) Those melons look good and are well on their way, but certainly have quite a ways to go. Just as @UnderDawgAl said, they should get quite a bit longer. I'm a little worried about the one in the very last photo because of the "point" on one end. In many cases, such pointed tips can be source of doom. Those tips will often start to wrinkle and eventually become soft and begin to rot. HOWEVER, the point on yours isn't all that sharp, and the melon is small enough that it's probably still growing and I think the "point" will fill in round-up and be fine. I just wanted to mention that there is a small possibility that you could loose that one...but I think it will be fine. @rayrose , does that "point" worry you at all?
BTW, Zack, it seems quite appropriate to use a wallet as a photo-scale object since we spend so much on fruit. haha. I also relate to having no other object with me when I am in garden and want to take a photo. Most of all, Thanks for using SOMETHING. I always feel bad when folks post some photos of fruit without anything to show scale because such photos really just don't tell anything at all about what is being shown.
@mamuang - Thank-you for the sympathy. You know what it's like to battle nature- be it insects or small animals like Voles/mice, squirrels, etc. Something is always out to get our hard-earned fruit!!!
@TheNiceGuy - It seemed like you had a lot of success this year yourself, albeit a small harvest (1 melon as I recall).. Do you have enough space to grow much more next year? Also, how does your weather over there compare with ours? I noticed you put zone 8. Is your weather really pretty similar to our zone 8? Just curious.