Bland-Tasting Cantaloupes - Knowledgebase Question

Oklahoma City, OK
Question by wtfo
December 6, 1997
What can we do to improve on last year's crop of cantaloupes and honeydew melons, which grew large and great-looking but didn't have a hint of sweetness.


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Answer from NGA
December 6, 1997

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It sure is frustrating to tend a crop only to be rewarded with unedible fruit. There are several conditions that contribute to bland-tasting melons: too much nitrogen fertilizer, picking before the fruit is ripe, cool temperatures, and cloudy skies. Providing the right micronutrients can improve flavor as well. Here's a preplanting fertilizer recipe you can try next year (enough for 2 or 3 melon plants). Place the mixture under rows or hills up to a week before planting.
* 3 shovels of soil
* 1shovel of compost
* 2 shovels of manure
* 1 shovel of peat moss
* 1 cup bone meal
* 1 cup cottonseed meal
* 2 cups alfalfa meal
* 1 cup wood ashes
* 1 cup dolomitic limestone

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