Cantaloupe (Cucumis melo)-Fusarium Fruit Rot

Cause The fungus, Fusarium equiseti, and other Fusarium spp. are commonly encountered soil inhabitants. The disease is associated with cantaloupe grown with plastic mulch. Water puddles under fruit encourage disease development.

Symptoms A tan rot mainly on ripe or nearly ripe fruit. Discolored tissue is easily distinguished from adjacent healthy tissue.

Cultural control

  • Do not let fruit sit in water on plastic mulch for a long time.