"this is 1st year to grow cantelopes and not sure when to pick. do they ripen any after you pick them? some are smaller one but they are turning lighter sooner then larger ones.
thank you betty dever "
It can be difficult to tell when cantaloupe are ripe. The best test is to test the stems; if the stem slips loose with a gentle touch, the cantaloupe is vine ripe and ready to eat. If the stem is still firmly attached, it's too early to harvest.