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Question: I purchased Orange Sunshine Hybrid Watermelon from you this season. I planted the seed in mid May. When I did, I noticed that the pollinater seeds were not noticablely different from the seedless ones,( like they all looked the same), in the past when I planted seedless they was a definate difference in their appearance ( I have never plated this type before, usually "king of hearts"). About 6 of the seeds germinated, and the plants look normal. About a month ago the small watermelon appeared on the plants, about the size of a dime. But they do not get any bigger. I have numerous small melons that don't grow. I am not sure if they rot and fall off the vine, or they just don't grow, since I just noticed their faiure to get bigger! Could this be a Pollinator problem, or lack of one being packed iun the packet? Thank You

Answer: You have asked an interesting question. If the 6 seeds that germinated did not include the pollinator plant among them, then your watermelons would have been pollinated by something else. If all the plants look the same and there is no "odd looking one" then this could cause the strange fruit you are seeing. On the other hand, planting too early in cold soil or cold temperatures can cause stunting, as can hard or shallowly prepared soil, lack of water, lack of nutrients, or insect or disease problems. If you think that the problem was caused by the seed itself, you might wish to contact Burpee Customer Service directly at 800-333-5808.

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