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What do you think this is!!!!

Posted by dch1112 PA (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 2, 12 at 17:29

Hi, I am posting this pix from a rogue plant that is growing under my deck. The largest is in the pix and is football shaped. The plant now has 3 fruits that look like this along with vines that are 15-20' long.... It looks like some type of a melon..... I'm going to wait until the stem gets brown to pick it.....but any help in advance on what you think it is would be a great help!


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RE: What do you think this is!!!!

Funny, I have the exact same question. Sorry to piggy-back on your post but I also have a "rogue" plant that has something that looks like a melon but I don't know what kind of melon.


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Both look like a cantaloupe from leaf pattern, size, and color.


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The first one is a watermelon, wait until the curly cue at the intersection of the stem and vine turns completely brown then pick it. The second one looks like a cantaloupe but I'm less sure.


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Sorry, but the first one is NOT a watermelon. It is some variety of Cucumis melo, not Citrullus.

The exact type won't be known until ripening. But odds are it will be something good, it most likely came from a seed out of someone's melon, perhaps out of the trash, compost, or seeds put out for the birds, likely "planted" by a squirrel, chipmunk, or mouse.


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If you plant cantaloupes in a spot, do they come back next year even if you don't plant them there again? I am sure I didn't plant any cantaloupe in that spot this year but I did last year.


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Magic garden.


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Whatever they are...I'm thinking "awesome"!


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If they end up netted they're muskmelons. Anything netted is a muskmelon! Canteloupes (and some muskmelons) are not netted. Most "canteloupes" you see in stores are mislabeled. I guess the name 'muskmelon' doesn't sell very well. They're still several weeks from ripening.


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edweather - what do you mean by "netted"?


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As they get closer to maturity, most muskmelons develope what looks like a net-like covering on the surface. Actually, on your photo, if you look closely, you can the net developing.


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Hey thanks to all for the help...... I took another pix yesterday of the bottom of the fruit....So I assume from what edweather said this is netted and a muskmelon?


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Not all netted melons are muskmelons, but it's some relative.


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What netted melons aren't muskmelons?

In a quote from Amy Goldman's book, Melons for the Passionate Grower, on page 44 she states, "Reticulatus: Muskmelon and Persian Melon, The hallmark of this grouping of melons is the reticulated or netlike tissue that covers the rind............Muskmelon is a breed separate and apart, yet we persist in mislabeling it "cantaloupe."

Now there are some smooth skinned muskmelons too, as well as cantaloupes, but I don't know of any netted melons that aren't muskmelons, but I'm always open to learning something new.


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