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Grow Plenty of Perennials from Seed (page 3 of 3)

by Susan Littlefield

Question of the Month: How to Know When Watermelons Are Ripe

Q. My watermelons are getting big and my mouth is watering! How do I know when to pick them so they are at their sweetest?

A. Many of us have heard that we should thump on our watermelons to tell if they're ripe. Supposedly a dull, hollow sound rather than a ringing tone indicates a melon ready to pick. The trouble is that the difference between "dull" and "ringing" isn't always clear.

Instead look for these clues that your watermelon is at its peak of ripeness. The curly tendrils on the stem near where it attaches to the fruit should have changed from light green to dry and brown. The spot on the bottom of the melon where it rested on the ground should be yellow, not light green or white. And the skin should have turned dull and be tough enough that its hard to dent with a thumbnail.

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