The Q&A Archives: Ripeness of Melon

Question: Much as I hate to admit it, I have forgotten how to determine when the Honey Girl Melons are ripe for the picking. I know they do not slip off the vine like other cantelope/muskmelom. I would appreciate any help you could give me.. They are getting to be a very nice size. Also, the same question would apply to a melon my dad is growing called a St Nick.

Answer: When a melon is ripe you'll begin to notice small cracks along the stem where the melon is attached to the vine. When the stem starts to shrivel a bit, pick the melon up and give it a twist. If it slips easily, it's ready to harvest. If not, leave it alone for a few days and try again.

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