Interesting Facts about Melon Plant
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- Technically, the word melon refers to any member of the family of Cucurbitaceae (squash, watermelon), however, most people with the term melon refer specifically to Cucumis melo L..
- Melon is a climbing or creeping plant with large leaves and yellow flowers. Melon belongs to the family of Cucurbitaceae (squash and watermelon). It produces a sweet summer fruit and is a very good source of fiber, vitamins, and nutrients.
- There is a wide variety of melon types, including varieties with green, white, orange or yellow flesh or skin, and round oval or cucumber-type shapes.
- Melon is an annual, warm period plant. Melon prefers warm areas to grow properly and has zero tolerance to frost.
- Nowadays, melons are grown in almost all tropical and subtropical regions. China is the largest melon producer. Turkey and countries around the Mediterranean are also muskmelon producing countries.
- Pollen grains produced by melon flowers are relatively heavy and cannot be adequately transferred by wind. Fruit setting relies on the activity of bees and other beneficial insects who distribute pollen. In large commercial melon farms, placing 2-3 strong bee hives per hectare at the time before flowering is almost necessary.
- Harvesting melon when growing from seed takes on average 100 to 130 days. Most varieties are ready to be harvested 78-90 days after transplanting. If we can pull the stem out of the fruit easily, then our melons are ready to be harvested.