Melons

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snowdrops

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Melons
« on: July 10, 2021, 11:10 »
A couple of years ago I was kindly sent some honeydew melon seeds by a forum member, not sure if I sowed any last year but I did successfully grow & harvest 2 Galia  type melons.
Iíve sown the said honeydew melons & ended up with 5 plants that Iíve planted in my poly tunnel. The problem is they look like cucumber fruits on them except theyíre going from yellow to orange and with spikes on like cucumbers or gherkins.
Has anybody grown honeydew melons & can advise me if this is how they grow please,  the variety was said to be ĎSundanceí.
I have messaged the sender but theyíve not been on for a long time. If they arenít melons Iím considering taking the plants out as I donít need any more cucumbers or gherkins
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Re: Melons
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2021, 12:17 »
Although melons are in the same family as squashes and cucumbers, they are different species so can only cross-pollinate with other melons, and the seeds would still produce melons, albeit not necessarily the ones you were expecting!

Seems more likely your seeds got mixed up somehow - I've only grown melons a few times but the fruits didn't look like gherkins or cukes at any stage. Pic attached:
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Sow your seeds, plant your plants. What's the difference? A couple of weeks or more when answering possible queries!

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Re: Melons
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2021, 20:29 »
Thanks for your reply Jay, as I suspected. Today I showed a plot friend and as I was touching one, it fell off(obviously overripe & going over) I cut it open & itís definitely a cucumber/gherkin, so the chickens enjoyed it & 3 of its siblings, with 3 more for tomorrow. Theyíre fate is sealed lol



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