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    Woohoo. Without wanting to get too excited, I think I have a few baby melons on my plant now.
    They are bigger than the swellings that were behind the flowers, whereas the others seem to have shrivelled up and dropped off.
    Dunno if it was me getting lucky with the paintbrush or a few insects that know more about these things than me.
    All the best from rural South Cumbria
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_m View Post
    Woohoo. Without wanting to get too excited, I think I have a few baby melons on my plant now.
    They are bigger than the swellings that were behind the flowers, whereas the others seem to have shrivelled up and dropped off.
    Dunno if it was me getting lucky with the paintbrush or a few insects that know more about these things than me.
    Well done, could be both Chris

    They swell really quickly in warm weather and with the forecast next week swinging back to decent warm sunshine, we should all be noticing the difference
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    Weekly Melon update 24th June 2018

    These are the same 2 'Collective Farm Woman melons' from last week, the little-un is now catching up the other pretty fast at the moment and there are another 2 just like this. (they are sat on pieces of wood to keep them stable and off the soil)
    Growing Melons in the UK-24th-june-2018-melon-update.jpg


    The largest watermelon is the same one that looked like a 'gooseberry' last week it's approaching satsuma size and has now been joined by 2 others. I did plant 3 watermelons into a 30lit container and now each one has a confirmed watermelon. Each plant aslo has a second watermelon as well although if I remember rightly last year the second watermelons on each vine didn't really do much until the first ones that set reached a certain size.
    Growing Melons in the UK-24th-june-watermelon-update.jpg

    The 'Collective farm Woman melons look a little 'chaotic' at the moment and they are also 3 to a 30 lit pot. This pic is 6 melons in 2x30lit pots. At the moment 4 have set very noticeable fruit, the other 2 have set fruit and I'm waiting to see what this weeks glorious sunshine will add to their size. They are sat on a waist high bench in the greenhouse in full sun (when it shines) most of the day.
    I also have another 2x30lit pots which have another 5 melons in them sat in my porch, which is rather large (thanks to the previous owner) and faces south with a full double glazed wall. As predicted they are stretching a little but fruits are forming and I'm waiting to see if they will swell this week. these 2 pots are an experiment as the night time temps in their rarely fall below 17c at the moment even though the greenhouse has been 10c or less for the last 4 nights.
    Growing Melons in the UK-melon-greenhouse-22nd-june-2018.jpg

    I inherited 2 greenhouses 6x8ft joined together with a 2ft extension, which was already shelved as you can see. The watermelons (Sugarbaby) live in the 2ft extension and as you can see by the pic, to the left is still glass, I figured they might have a 'tad' more heat and it might create a bit of a 'micro-climate for them. Also the shelving is very handy for the watermelons to sit on... and is approx 4ft high. No additional support required..
    Growing Melons in the UK-watermelon-home-22nd-june-2018.jpg

    It's all an experiment and this weeks gorgeous weather should see some more growth unless something drastic happens... I can but hope!

    The fact that these melons are actually growing is due more to luck and our weather at the moment and perhaps this is the year we will all get some melons to enjoy...

    Anybody else care to share they progress?

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    I,ve just been down to the garden to check mine and the Minnesota Midgets have 2 or 3 melons each which are now the size of a banty egg.
    The others i am growing are Petit Gris Du Rennes and they have small melons just forming.
    Both varieties are covered in flowers so i'll play it by ear as to how many to leave on. (could just eat a nice bit melon now)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mosstrooper View Post
    I,ve just been down to the garden to check mine and the Minnesota Midgets have 2 or 3 melons each which are now the size of a banty egg.
    The others i am growing are Petit Gris Du Rennes and they have small melons just forming.
    Both varieties are covered in flowers so i'll play it by ear as to how many to leave on. (could just eat a nice bit melon now)
    Woop Woop! mosstrooper !

    My gut instinct at the moment is to leave the melons alone, your's and mine are open pollinated, not F1 so will grow slightly differently. Lets wait and see. They are not huge melons we are growing. We would just like a melon to taste

    I'm sure if we are wrong someone will let us know, but I'm guessing like the watermelon as soon as one is big enough the next will follow along. The weather forecast at the moment is good for a change...

    I'm holding back to see what the next month will bring!

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    29th June 2018 melon update...


    I have actually felt sorry for my melons the last couple of days with the intense heat. Even with both doors open at either end of the greenhouse and both window vents in the roof open the temp has still been well over 35c everyday. so for the last couple of days I've pegged an old white bath towel (we use our towels until practically threadbare! so this one was lightweight ) to help shade them from the intense heat. I take it down around 7pm and peg it back up the next morning. They seem to look much happier the last couple of days
    Growing Melons in the UK-29th-june-melon.jpg

    Of the 2 main melons I've been taking pics of. The main one looks like it's starting to change colour and ripen. I think I've upset it because it's refusing to grow any new leaves and refusing to grow in size. It's 'buddy' beside it is still growing new leaves and it's now growing in size and getting bigger than the main one!
    Growing Melons in the UK-29th-june-melon-2.jpg

    In fact the other 2 melons that are growing are now catching up! Please note ... each of these melons are growing on a separate plant.
    When I planted the melons 'Collective Farm Woman' I planted 3 to a 30lit pot as I was not expecting the weather to be so nice or so hot! So I'm guessing that the roots of each melon now feel a 'tad' restricted and are growing as such ! I water them every day, (I don't drown them, I give them enough to keep them moist) and I'm now feeding them with half strength organic tomato seaweed fertiliser every 3 days.
    Growing Melons in the UK-29th-june-melon-3.jpg

    On the other hand the Sugarbaby watermelons are positively 'lapping' up the heat and the sunshine and as such are growing accordingly They don't have nowhere near as much foliage as the cantaloupe melons and therefore don't require quite so much water...
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    Update on the 2 pots of melon I'm growing in the porch...

    They are quite happy and seem intent on porch domination! One pot has 2 (Collective farm woman) melons the other has 3. These were the ones that were the last to flower when they were in the greenhouse. They seem to be a lot less stressed than the greenhouse ones as they don't get the 'severe' direct sunlight for as long.
    Growing Melons in the UK-29th-june-porch-melon.jpg

    I sit on the little red chair most mornings and concede with BUFFS that gently turning a small brush (old make-up in my case) in to the male flower and then transferring the attached pollen to a female flower in the same way gets some good results. This little beauty is 3days behind his greenhouse counterparts but is rapidly catching them up. I think this is in part due to the fact that the temp in the porch rarely drops below 17c at night... Consistent temp where melons is concerned aids there growth
    Growing Melons in the UK-29th-june-porch-melon-2.jpg
    Last edited by Earthgirl Jen; 29-06-2018 at 09:51 PM.
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    This is the first year I've tried growing melons. The plants are doing really well but I'm not sure if I should cut it back at all to encourage fruit as the plants are very rampant but so far hasn't really flowered.

    Any advice?

    I have no idea what variety except that I got it from pennard plants who tend to do older varieties.

    Any advice gratefully received.
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