Answer: The two most critical factors that influence taste in a melon (besides the variety's genetics) are temperature and water. Melons grow best when the soil temp is 70 to 75 degrees and when the air temp is 70 to 80 degrees during the day and 60 to 70 degrees at night. Soil or air temps much above that hardens the melons a little too early and temperatures below that stalls the sugar production resulting in bland melons. Melons like plenty of water in their beginning days but considerably less after fruits begin to form. Constant watering (such as that from a drip system) also results in bland ( diluted ) fruits.
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