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#3708422 - 07/12/14 08:12 PM Cantaloupe Question...
BlountArrow
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I'm growing cantaloupes and they are doing great I have several out of the eight plants that I planted. However, this evening I was informed that I should be putting something underneath the actual cantaloupe fruit to get them off the ground. Is this true?
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#3708571 - 07/13/14 01:08 AM Re: Cantaloupe Question... [Re: BlountArrow]
eightpointer
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Straw is great. Keeps em from rotting while they ripen.
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#3708980 - 07/13/14 04:46 PM Re: Cantaloupe Question... [Re: eightpointer]
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Trip to dollar store for bowls that upside down can support the cantaloupe weight.
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#3709155 - 07/13/14 07:31 PM Re: Cantaloupe Question... [Re: DaveB]
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Get you some molasses or raw sugar and water them with 1 tablespoon per gallon of water. I promise it's worth it. I prefer the molasses but both work great.
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#3709157 - 07/13/14 07:36 PM Re: Cantaloupe Question... [Re: chunkandwind]
BlountArrow
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 Originally Posted By: chunkandwind
Get you some molasses or raw sugar and water them with 1 tablespoon per gallon of water. I promise it's worth it. I prefer the molasses but both work great.


Interesting...I'll try that. Molasses powder like for livestock?
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#3709352 - 07/13/14 11:35 PM Re: Cantaloupe Question... [Re: BlountArrow]
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I have never used the powdered form. Is it just dehydrated molasses?
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#3709573 - 07/14/14 10:19 AM Re: Cantaloupe Question... [Re: chunkandwind]
BlountArrow
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 Originally Posted By: chunkandwind
I have never used the powdered form. Is it just dehydrated molasses?


Good question. I'll have to check the label. I've just seen it in TSC or Co-op I think and never really gave it a lot of thought. It had crossed my mind to use it combined with salt or something as an attractant for deer.

I was wondering how you dilluted molasses into water otherwise being it is so thick.
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#3709606 - 07/14/14 11:21 AM Re: Cantaloupe Question... [Re: BlountArrow]
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I think it's molasses mixed and dried onto a soybean or grain base. If that makes sense.
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#3709756 - 07/14/14 01:18 PM Re: Cantaloupe Question... [Re: redlegs07]
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You can use unsulphured molasses from walmart. I think I got Brier's Ridge or something. Think it has a rabbit on the front.

Just put a little in a jug and shake it.

If you really want to get into it, start reading up on compost teas.
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#3710223 - 07/14/14 08:05 PM Re: Cantaloupe Question... [Re: DntBrnDPig]
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Well, I got the straw under the cantaloupes. I have around 3 dozen... couldn't believe it. Last year I had like 3 total but I battled a whistle pig all last year and he devoured them little by little. I took care of that problem this year ;\) . Anyways, I'll try the molasses trick on half of them and see how that goes. Don't know what I'm gonna do with all these girls if they make it.
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