Tag: Horticulture

How to Pick a Ripe Melon

Telling when a melon is ready to be harvested can be a challenge, or it may be quite easy. It all depends on the type of melon.

Let’s start with the easy one. Muskmelons are one of those crops that tell you when they are ready to be picked. This can help you not only harvest melons at the correct time but also choose good melons when shopping.

As a melon ripens, a layer of cells around the stem softens so the melon detaches easily from the vine. This is called “slipping” and will leave a dish shaped scar at the point of stem attachment. When harvesting melons, put a little pressure where the vine attaches to the fruit. If ripe, it will release or “slip.”

When choosing a melon from those that have already been harvested, look for a clean, dish shaped scar. Also, ripe melons have a pleasant, musky aroma if the melons are at room temperature (not refrigerated).

Watermelons can be more difficult and growers often use several techniques to tell when to harvest.

  1. Look for the tendril that attaches at the same point as the melon to dry and turn brown. On some varieties this will need to be completely dried before the watermelon is ripe. On others it will only need to be in the process of turning brown.
  2. The surface of a ripening melon develops a surface roughness (sometimes called “sugar bumps”) near the base of the fruit.
  3. Ripe watermelons normally develop a yellow color on the “ground spot” when ripe. This is the area of the melon that contacts the ground.

By: Cassie Homan

K-State Garden Hour

K-State Research and Extension is hosting a virtual garden hour! We hope you’ll join us each week on Wednesdays at noon for some horticultural refreshment and training. Follow this link to sign up. You can also find recording of previous topics. https://hnr.k-state.edu/extension/info-center/k-state-garden-hour-webinar-series/k_state_garden_hour.html

By: Cassie Homan

Horticulture Hot Topics Webinar Series

Educational Seminars:

  • Herbs- From Seed to Seasoning, May 7 at 3:00p.m.
  • Lawn Care Basics for Kansas, May 14 at 3:00p.m.
  • Veggie Gardening 101, May 21 at 7:00p.m.
  • Dealing with the Dreaded Bagworm, May 28 at 7:00p.m.


Learn how to care for your landscape with this free webinar series!

Cassie Homan, Post Rock Horticulture Agent and Kelsey Hatesohl, River Valley Horticulture Agent are hosting an online learning workshop!

Registration-

Pre-registration is required for this FREE online event. Registration is required by 4:00 p.m. the day prior to the webinar. To register email choman@ksu.edu or khatesohl@ksu.edu and you will be sent the Zoom Link.

All webinars will be recorded and made available on our websites.

To download the free Zoom platform visit: https://zoom.us/download

For more details visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/3744893858917261/

By: Cassie Homan