Rodent Damage - Knowledgebase Question

El Cajon, CA
Avatar for cwotwo3
Question by cwotwo3
August 20, 1998
A gopher ate the roots and killed one of my muskmelon plants that need a week or two more for the fruit to fully ripen. Since they won't be receiving anymore nourishment from the dead vines would there be any advantage to leaving the fruit on the vine for a while in hopes of their further ripening? P.S. One of my cats "The Huntress" got the perpertrator, unfortunately, after the damage was done.

Answer from NGA
August 20, 1998
Melons will ripen slightly after being picked but they really pack in the sugar during the last few days of growth and subsequent maturity on the vine. This is what gives homegrown melons that wonderful sweetness that store-bought melons just don't have. Go ahead and pick your melons; there's no advantage to leaving them attached to dead vines. Hope the Huntress hones her skills before next gardening season!

You must be signed in before you can post questions or answers. Click here to join!

« Return to the Garden Knowledgebase Homepage

Member Login:

( No account? Join now! )

Today's site banner is by RootedInDirt and is called "Tropical Leaves"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.