Answer: When melons shrivel after beginning growth it usually indicates poor pollination. This can be due to cold, wet conditions (which keeps insects from visiting the flowers), or lack of insects in the area because you recently used pesticides. Seedless melons require a different pollinator (and seed is included in the packet). Without the pollinator, your melons probably won't develop. If you planted all the seeds in your packet, then you've probably planted the pollinator, as well. If the above conditions don't seem to fit your situation, then perhaps the plants are getting insufficient water. Soak the soil deeply when you do water, and add an organic mulch which will slow down evaporation and help the soil hold moisture.
To direct the plant's energy into developing fruit, pinch the tips of the vines out after each vine has produced one or two melons. Hope you have a great harvest!
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