Here are a few steps in the process of developing a new specialty melon cultivar (click the image for a larger version).
|The selection process involves establishing transplants in the field using drip irrigation and black plastic mulch on raised beds. Here is a selection block at the Cunningham Research Station in Kinston, NC.|
|The plants have tipped over, and are beginning to run.|
|The plants have begun to flower, and the harvest will begin soon.|
|There is a lot of variability among the small melons having white skin and white flesh (note: some have green flesh).|
|Selecting among single plant hills of yellow skinned melons to find an attractive type with sweet taste.|