Melon Growing Advice

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  1. hailbopp

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    Thanks @pete, I thought maybe just in case I should leave a few spare should the ones I have pollinated not grow. I will stop the leaders thanks very much.
     
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    I found the first females did not set properly and are slowly aborting, I am now getting newer females that I cross pollinated from another plant and they are getting bigger although still only pea sized. I am not experienced, this is all guesswork so far.

    The two plants Ieft to sprawl on the ground are smaller and have no females yet.
     
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      Just harvested first two cucumbers from the Carmen plants, one had a small leaf sticking out about two thirds of the way down. Removed two aborted fruits. Flowers are few at the moment on the Carmen, the Telegraph has some small female flowers forming.
      The melons are flowering madly 10:1 male:female.
       
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        I picked my first few Carmen cucs last weekend. My females are gradually swelling but only have them on one plant so far, the other 3 plants have only males.
         
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          First one is starting to swell, any ideas on supporting them?
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            Victorians used melon nets, I have made hammocks from bits of old sheets.
            Hair net as used by Ena Sharples in Coronation Street would work.
            Depending on how far from the ground it is, rest it on an upturned plant pot.
             
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              I have read that people use old tights and make a sort of hammock out of them. Hmm the way things are going with mine I won’t be needing any sort of supports:wallbanging: so happy to send you an old pair of 30 denier if you like:)
               
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                  Before the schoolboy sniggering starts:roflol: I am enquiring about my Cucumis Melo Var:). The aforementioned have basically taken over my substantial greenhouse and at the start of proceedings I only had males NOW I am inundated with females and b all males to be found. I did encourage a bee to do it’s bit pollinating and hope it will do better job than me. I have been pinching out all over the place but I can almost see the plants (3) growing before my very eyes. None of my females are anywhere near the size of JWK’s.....no laughing in the back of the class. Despite the huge amount of growth going on and the females are growing a wee bit I wondered if I should start feeding them. All 3 are in very large pots. The only feed I have is Tomato feed. Would this be suitable? The scorching weather has really got them to grow at a ridiculous rate and my Cucumbers have also gone ballistic. I have just picked 22 off 5 plants to give to my neighbour who sells things for charity at a car boot tomorrow.I will probably have the same number again tomorrow:yikes:. I normally only grow 2 plants but they were so bad last year I grew more this season as insurance and all of them are literally trying to go through the roof:rolleyespink:.
                   
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                    Lack of male flowers is something I have had problems over the years, mainly on courgettes though. Mainly it's lack of females that's a problem.
                    I believe it's down to environmental conditions so you could stop feeding one and keep it a bit drier, shade and cooler if possible; basically convince it that it won't be able to support a fruit.
                     
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                      I made a couple of Melon hammocks out of bird netting, took me 30 minutes to string them up!(I'm not very dexterous):
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                      After realising it would take me 24 hours to make 48 hammocks - 4 melons per runner and 3 runners per plant with 4 plants I had a brainwave. I simply lowered the runner using the hanger system so the fruit is on a tile. What is there to go wrong?
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                        Ok I can't see me ever getting 48 good sized melons or what to do with them all if they ripened all at once.
                         
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                          Picked a cucumber (Carmen) and removed male flowers from Telegraph.
                          I've got a pregnant melon. Fertilised a couple of other female flowers.
                           
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                            Send them up here :) can motor my way through at least 2 a day, love melon.
                            This is the biggest I have so far, ok no sniggering. Still pretty small but it is getting bigger. I live in hope.
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                            I am now starting to remove all the side shoots and any more females and males as have at least 3 females about this size on each plant. Should I start to remove some of the older leaves a la tomatoes?. Wish they were doing as well as my soil grown Cucumbers ( Femspot and Carmen) If I grow melon again I will not grow it in large pots but in the greenhouse soil. Certainly all my tomatoes and cucumbers grow way better in the soil than if in containers Postie given 2 cucumbers today and taking 7! to my daughter to give away at her gym. Could almost supply the local supermarket.
                             
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