Watermelon growing and Melon growing thread of 2018


#181

Picked the wrong OrangeGlo last week–it was underripe so we made smoothies out of the whole thing.

This one from a couple hours ago is the one I should have picked 10 days ago and saved the other till today. Oh well. It’s getting ice cold now, and I’m sure it’ll be plenty edible.


#182

Extraordinary color!


#183

Also the best honey dew and cantaloupe I have ever had from my garden. Lots of flavor


#184

Love these melon shots keep em comin


#185

We picked this Big Stripe earlier today. It’s getting cold in the fridge right now, along with the OrangeGlo a couple posts up.


#186

Armenian cukes there?


#187

I discovered two more Moon and Stars today in my small melon patch, and a nice sized Halona. These are the biggest I’ve been able to grow here in upstate NY zone 4a. I’ve had so much going on I didn’t really know I had fruit set or when. Any suggestions on how to determine when to pick them? I haven’t done melons often, and I’ve never had anything this size before.


#188

Do you have a ballpark figure of how many days it takes for melons over 25 lbs to ripen ? Thanks !


#189

I can tell that you it was not 6 weeks!!! I had a Black Diamond that was big but I forgot that it could grow up over 30 lbs. picked it at about 6 weeks. Way underripe. Lesson learned.


#190

I have no experience with watermelons over 25 lbs. Summers are short in Spokane, so I have always grown smaller, faster growing varieties.


#191

Any Black Diamond that’s under 20 lbs. will never ripen. The melon
doesn’t size down well at all.


#192

Good to know. Thanks, Ray. There’s always next year.


#193

Rayrose’s comment reminded me I picked a 4.5lb black diamond yesterday with a brown tendril, so I thought I would cut it and see if it in fact ripened.

This plant has produced several large fruits this year so I wasn’t surprised this melon was stunted. It however was fully mature and the family approved of the flavor.


#194

There’s always the exception, but as a general rule, BD does
not size down well.


#195

This evening, the kids and I picked this Big Stripe that weighed over 20 lbs, this OrangeGlo that weighed right at 15 lbs, and a Raspa (CORRECTION – Legacy watermelon) weighing 18.5 lbs. It’s a treat watching my young son use the sheepsfoot blade on my pocket knife to cut the melons from the vine!

Excuse the poor pic. My old low-rent cellphone can’t do any better in less than perfect lighting.

This is our second year to grow OrangeGlo. This variety is hard to beat. However, I haven’t picked a Gold Strike yet to compare the quality of taste.


#196

Those are beautiful


#197

Are you sure those aren’t two melons and not three? I don’t
see the Legacy.


#198

It is two. I need to edit to say"Here are 1.5 of them."


#199

In the spring, I gave my neighbor a Hime Kasen and an Orange Glo plants. Today he kindly shared with us his first OG picked at 35 days. It weighed 16 lbs.


#200

How did it taste? Could it have used couple more days? My vine just produced another melon. Hopefully it will get to ripen. Hoping for a hot September.