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Hearts of Gold melons areHearts of Gold melons are normally 3.5 to 4.5 pounds. Odd-shaped fruit is generally caused by growing conditions. Bees must deposit pollen on all three lobes of the female flower’s stigma or a misshapen melon develops. Sometimes cold, rainy, or windy weather affects or reduces bee activity.  Fortunately, your melons are close to the right size (3.5 to 4.5 pounds). Have your melons reached their "days to maturity"? Let the melons fully ripen before you pick them to get that last surge of flavor. Be patient. You'll know when it's ripe as the stem will start to separate from the fruit--and then separate cleanly. The rind will change color and the melons will develop a strong scent at the blossom end, and the leaf closest to the fruit will fade to yellow. Leave your melons on the vine until they are truly ripe!

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