Answer: Removing extra or later-set melons melons will help the remaining earlier formed fruits to size up to their maximum potential and may speed ripening somewhat. About six melons per vine would be as many as you would ever want to allow, so you might want to cull down to just three per vine. A rule of thumb is to remove any small melons and and tip back the vine about a month before frost. Then the best you can do is keep the plants growing with good fertility and water as needed, and protect them on cool nights. Remember to adjust the slings holding them as needed and keep an eye out for hungry critters who might try to steal them. Good luck!
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