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Well picked some water melons and cantalopes yesterday and they tasted like crap.

The water melons look good, smell good, crispy, but taste like crap.

Cantalope look good, smell good, meat is a little slimy and taste like crap.

What a loss, not sure if all of the rain had anything to do with it or not.

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How disappointing! I'll bet the rain is the culprit. Rainy-year strawberries are tasteless, too.

I planted cantelope this year, and they got about softball size and taste like the green part of a watermelon rind. Ick! I figured the seeds had crossed.
 

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my melons were planted next to each other and that is how they tasted, like the green rind of a water melon.

Can the two melons cross?

Cantalopes were very nice size, hales best, I think is what they were.
Watermelons were a little on the small side, sugar babies variety. last year they were exceptionally good.

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If they are closely related, they can cross-pollinate. (Don't ask me what is "closely related."!) From what I understand, however, if you planted cantalope seeds, and they crossed with watermelon, you would get cantalopes, but the seeds inside would grow something weird next year.

Here's a good article:
http://lancaster.unl.edu/hort/Articles/ ... bits.shtml

If they did cross-pollinate, I think it's high time you had a stern chat with your bees.
 

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thanks for the link, I did not think they would cross even though a neighbor said they would. Cucumbers were just fine.

I guess I can blame all of the wet weather.

I had my mouth all set for a good bite and so sad :cry: :cry:

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The kids picked out watermellon seeds to plant this past spring. I didn't think we had the growing season for them here in NY, and said so. They were planted anyway.

Well, they brought in 1 of 5 good sized mellons tonight. :eek:

Wonder what they taste like...
 

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The Naturalist at our local state park recently found... at the edge of a picnic area... a lovely watermelon plant growing "wild"! WITH a beautiful melon! Looked better than my garden.
 
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