Cantaloupes - Knowledgebase Question

Chicago, Il
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Question by doloresbaron
July 4, 2010
Can I grow a cantaloupe from the seeds of a melon? If so what is the best way and when. I started some plants at home but when I planted them in my garden they all died. What did I do wrong.

Answer from NGA
July 4, 2010
You can collect seeds from a cantaloupe you purchase at the store but they won't taste exactly the same because of cross pollination. The other problem associated with saving these seeds is that the variety of cantaloupe may not be the right variety for your gardening region. Some take long hot summers and others are bred for short, cool summers. I think I'd buy seeds in the store and plant them in very late spring. Be sure to choose varieties that ripen in the shortest number of days.

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