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#3346671 - 09/04/13 08:08 AM Watermelon Question
Nimrod777
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Got a volunteer watermelon in my little patch of garden, and it looks incredibly perfect. Beats any one I've tried growing on purpose! The first one on the plant was doing great, but hanging from a bit of fence; when I tried to rig a support for it, it broke off the vine. I've got two others, on the ground, and they are getting big.

When do I harvest?? I do LOVE me some watermelon, and don't want to botch this!
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#3346684 - 09/04/13 08:13 AM Re: Watermelon Question [Re: Nimrod777]
catman529
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I think when the white spot on the bottom where the melon touches ground turns yellow, it might be ripe. It's hard to tell though. If the fruit quits growing for a while it might be ready. See what color the bottom of the fruit is and if it turns yellow it might be ripe.
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#3346697 - 09/04/13 08:20 AM Re: Watermelon Question [Re: catman529]
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Sounds reasonable.

I know that first fruit seemed to almost double daily for a while. It was encouraging to watch. These other two were hiding in the edge where some tall grass is. The bigger is about basketball size now, and solid dark green. Crossing my fingers!
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#3346701 - 09/04/13 08:22 AM Re: Watermelon Question [Re: Nimrod777]
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Thump it.
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#3346705 - 09/04/13 08:27 AM Re: Watermelon Question [Re: RodBone75]
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The stem will start to turn yellow.
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#3346710 - 09/04/13 08:32 AM Re: Watermelon Question [Re: Bayou Buck]
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Do not pull it until the little pig tail next to the melon turns brown.
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#3346711 - 09/04/13 08:33 AM Re: Watermelon Question [Re: Piddler]
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 Originally Posted By: Piddler
Do not pull it until the little pig tail next to the melon turns brown.


This
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#3346754 - 09/04/13 09:20 AM Re: Watermelon Question [Re: Pic IN the Casa]
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By little pig tail, you mean the stem itself, or something adjacent on the vine?
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#3346760 - 09/04/13 09:31 AM Re: Watermelon Question [Re: Nimrod777]
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This has always worked for me Break off a straw what kind doesn't matter. Place it on the melon, if it turns the melon is rip if it doesn't then wait. Also if it turns when checking in the morning, cut a small plug out and pore in a pint of vodka and let sat till afternoon the pull melon and chill it. Then you eat it. Just joking about the vodka. The straw part does work.
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#3346775 - 09/04/13 09:43 AM Re: Watermelon Question [Re: KPH]
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Thump it, if it sounds hollow it's ready.
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#3346833 - 09/04/13 10:41 AM Re: Watermelon Question [Re: Nimrod777]
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 Originally Posted By: Nimrod777
By little pig tail, you mean the stem itself, or something adjacent on the vine?


Attached to the melon. Some people wait for the tail to totally detatch itself before harvesting.
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#3347046 - 09/04/13 01:43 PM Re: Watermelon Question [Re: rabbit hunter]
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Yep the little pig tail thing is what we always watch for. Thumping it doesn't really work as good IMO. They all have a hollow sound when you thump 'em anyway. When we first started growing them, we pulled quite a few too early because they sounded good thumping them. Your best bet for growing a big one is to prune the vine itself if it has any other smaller melons on it. Go ahead and cut those off so that all the nutrients, etc are going to your biggest melon. We've grown Black Diamonds up to nearly 50# and those Carolina Cross melons that were nearly 200 lbs. But those are mostly for show. Black Diamonds are my favorite for eating.
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#3347097 - 09/04/13 02:24 PM Re: Watermelon Question [Re: Crow Terminator]
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Years ago I ran across Blacktail Mountain watermelons in an article the Mother Earth News ran, saying that it had won the favor of melon tasters. Bought some seeds, and just didn't seem to have the soil for it. Last year I bought some generic seeds, but the melons never survived full-term; always dried up or got some fungus.

If I can figure out how to grow them successfully and on purpose, I'll be all over that. If this one in my garden makes it and tastes good at all, I'm saving every seed!
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#3347511 - 09/04/13 08:26 PM Re: Watermelon Question [Re: Nimrod777]
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If you want to grow the best tasting watermelon, try Tiger Babes. They are small. Just the right size for you and Trophy Doe.
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#3347594 - 09/04/13 09:19 PM Re: Watermelon Question [Re: Piddler]
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Thanks Piddler, I'll have to look them up. Never heared of such.
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