Vegetables and Fruit forum: Spontaneous Cantaloupe

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PKeegs
Oct 1, 2017 9:58 PM CST
So something weird happened this year. I lived in Westchester county, NY, with my parents since about 2007, and I moved away this May.

So my dad calls me one day, and we talk about a bunch of things... And then he mentions that there's this weird plant growing in front of the house. Now, we live in a condo complex. And in front of our house, across the street, is a traffic island, beyond the curb of which is a mulched area with a few ornamental shrubs. Basically, it's super highly-maintained and nothing grows there, ever. We're not allowed to plant anything there if we want to.

So I come to visit a few weeks later, and lo and behold, there's this vine plant there, with a little melon growing on it. Anyway, we didn't touch the thing at all, left it to its own devices, and fast forward to today... I ate half of a spontaneous mystery cantaloupe. We picked 2 off the vine.

My question to you is, will the seeds from this be viable? I mean, it seems some enterprising raccoon was able to plant a store-bought cantaloupe which actually grew into something... So knowing the success of this generation, could it safely be said the next generation will work as well? I don't know how the science works, but I'd love to start planting mystery cantaloupes every year. What do you think?
Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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farmerdill
Oct 2, 2017 5:31 AM CST
Seeds will be viable. Will still be a mystery melon since you have no idea of its parentage. Most likely a second generation hybrid so may show some different characteristics. You could end up with something good.

PKeegs
Oct 2, 2017 2:43 PM CST
Thanks! I'm endlessly curious. I'm going to see if I can get a whole entire plot of mystery melons growing, and then I'll see what I get out of it.

PKeegs
Oct 2, 2017 2:48 PM CST

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For reference, here is the other half of the one I ate, next to its little brother, which was picked early because the plant was dying. It has a more watermelon-like taste to it than most cantaloupes have, in my experience.

Does a hybrid line ever stabilize as far as characteristics? Meaning, if I keep selecting the positive ones, will they ever get to a point where they're all positive? It's genetics and I don't understand it...
Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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farmerdill
Oct 2, 2017 5:29 PM CST
Yes, but it takes 5-9 generations. Most times around 7 is sufficient.

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