Considering that this plant started flowering (with just male flowers) more than three weeks ago, it has taken forever for the female flowers to show up. Keith has been diligently combing over this plant for any signs of female flowers so that he could hand-pollinate them to ensure fruit set. We had some doubts about his pollinating technique, after he told me that his hand-pollinated zucchini died, but doubt no more! Keith is now a proud papa of our new cantaloupe baby.
August 15, 2010 (Day 51)
August 16, 2010 (Day 52)
The pictures are a bit blurry because they came from Keith's camera phone. I wasn't sure if my eyes were playing tricks on me, but Keith said that this baby melon's size visibly increased in just one day. If I remember correctly, I read somewhere on the Internet that cantaloupe typically takes about five weeks to reach maturity after fruit set. So our target melon tasting date is sometime around mid-September.
Initially, I thought that I would be happy just to get one melon out of this plant, just to see if I could grow it. But now that I have one, I'm wondering how many more I could get to grow on this plant. Such is human nature, eh?
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