What are the pros? Low maintenance, rapid growth
What are the cons? Bugs bother fruit constantly
Grew another few plants this year, and I would like to address fruiting in actual high sustained temperatures (sorry yankees! 85f is "cool" down here). This plant will not fruit in Texas heat very well at all. It will bloom fairly profusely and create many small fruits, but they all tend to just evaporate if your days are constantly 90-100 degrees. Nearing late fall, when temps average 75-95, fruiting occurs much more readily, with flowers coming in waves. This season has seen a lot of rain which will cause them to split like many melons, and I have also noticed bugs of all kinds will scab the melons up and get inside if you don't rotate or spray the fruit. I imagine a mild texas winter would see fruit production through feb/march, later if you consider how errant our weather can be.
I plan on seeding part of the pasture with seeds collected from these melons, each one yields probably 75-125 viable seeds. They'll probably do poorly but you'll never know 'till you try!
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