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Growing Instructions for Melon - AravaGrowing Instructions for Melon - Arava<div class="ExternalClass9DCC933426484ED3B829AF574EEB2AF2"><h2>Culture<br></h2><h4>A light, well-drained soil with a pH of 7.0 and a southern exposure is ideal. Good soil moisture is important in early stages of growth and during pollination when fruits are setting. After this point do not water the last week before fruits are ripe, as overwatering can cause bland fruit.<br><br></h4><h2>Direct Seeding<br></h2><h4>Sow 1-2 weeks after last frost when soil is warm, above 70°F (21°C), 3 seeds every 18”, 1/2” deep, thinning to 1 plant/cell or pot.<br><br></h4><h2>Harvest<br></h2><h4>Ripeness indicators vary by melon type. Most cantaloupes are ready when the gray-green color begins to change to buff-yellow and are harvested at “full slip” or when a light tug separates the fruit from the vine. Some types, like Canary and Crenshaw, require a bit more pressure to separate the fruit and are harvested at “forced slip.” Others, like Honeydew, Charentais, and Piel de Sapo, are overripe by the time the stem can be tugged from the fruit; these must be cut from the vine.​<br></h4><p><br></p></div>

















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