Gardening in San Jose, California -- USDA Zone 9, Sunset Zone 16.
I have a muskmelon (cantaloupe) vine which flowered late. Five fruits appeared about 6 weeks ago. They're growing, and they have acquired that netted outer skin, but recently they have slowed down. The weather has been cooling, and the leaves on the vine have yellowed.
Once upon a time I remember reading about a trick that a Colorado tomato grower used to extend his yield. If he had green fruit when the weather got cold, he uprooted his entire vine and left it hanging from the rafters in his garage. Fruie ripened indoors. Can I do something similar with my melons here?
Thanks for any advice.
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