I am experimenting growing Piel de Sapo melon plants from seed that I saved from the supermarket. I have four plants.
It took some time but eventually I got some female flowers that pollinated and started growing the fruit. The first melon grew really quickly but stalled at around the size of a mango. The second is slightly smaller but also stalled.
I did manage to pollinate a third on the same plant and it is growing quite quickly. I also have a single melon started on another plant which is going to overtake the original which I thought was the strongest.
I suspect the first fruits have stopped growing because the energy is going to the newest fruit. However, I’m wondering what will happen to these smaller melons. Will they ripen at this small size? They certainly look more mature than the newer fruits. I don’t plan to allow any more fruits to grow on the plant that only has one as it is doing so well. It is also getting late in the season here in Scotland.
Adding overall picture. The plant is around 1m in height and is grown in standard compost fed with potash and tomato fertiliser, also some tea and coffee grounds occasionally. I do not know about the ph. It is watered every day or two, and not let dry out. The greenhouse does get quite warm.