difference between cantaloupe seedlings ans cucumber seedlings

Asked April 18, 2019, 8:17 PM EDT

I seeded some cantaloupes and cucumbers a few days ago, and forgot to label them in time.Now I have a big problem because of that. Who can kindly tell me how to tell the two kinds of seedlings apart? They are very similar. Thanks.

Thurston County Washington vegetable gardening

2 Responses

Hi, and thank you for contacting Ask an Expert in regards to identifying cucumber and cantaloupe seedlings. You are certainly correct when you say they are very similar. But as the seedlings develop and their true leaves appear the identification of them will become much easier.

Cantaloupe leaves are rough and lobed, similar to cucumber, but not as angular. Cucumber leaves are lobed, triangular, with bristly leaves. If you do an internet search for cantaloupe seedlings and cucumber seedlings images you will definitely see the differences. With a bit of patience I am sure you will have them identified in no time at all.

Happy Gardening and again, thank you for contacting Cooperative Extension Ask an Expert.

Thank you so much! I know now where to plant them.