Charentais Melon Ripeness - Knowledgebase Question

Malvern, AR
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Question by esensat
July 18, 1999
How do you tell when a Charentais melon is ripe? I have had 2 split open that were ripe, but I didn't know it before hand.

Answer from NGA
July 18, 1999
It's not easy to tell when a melon is dead-ripe, but when it's almost ready to harvest 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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