What are the pros? Pretty vines & flowers
What are the cons? The melon!
I had such high hopes for these! Very pretty vines with nice small leaves and little yellow flowers; two plants covered a large area in no time flat! The bees loved them and very quickly we had 10 melons growing! Left to mature, I waited and waited until I couldn't wait any longer. Once the netting pattern started to show, I cut a test one. Definitely unripe, with green interior, much more like a cucumber, but no flavor. So I waited until I got more yellow skin (and the bugs started to munch on the exterior). These were definitely ripe (tons of juice and very soft flesh), but just not a good flavor. No sweetness and a huge disappointment. I even waited until some got almost red flesh, but the same result. I boiled down the ripest ones to make a sort of melon applesauce with ginger and sugar so I didn't waste a crop. I may just pick the rest unripe ones to pickle like cucumbers. These were a bust for me.
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