The Q&A Archives: Preventing Hollow Watermelons

Question: Last year I grew a 90 lb. watermelon, but the inside of it was not developed. The middle was hollow, it looked like three triangles that didn't make it all the way to the center.The seeds were the Carolina Cross seeds. What went wrong? Zeke Hallam Buena Park,CA

Answer: Growing watermelons require a very consistent supply of water and nutrients; water plants regularly--even daily--with a dilute fertilizer solution. One possible cause for your hollow fruits is that they grew too fast -- a rainy period followed by ahot, sunny spell may have triggered rapid growth. Also, check and make sure your soil has adequate nutrients, especilly P and K. Sometimes a deficiency in these nutrients can cause hollow fruits.

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