Watermelons Stop Growing - Knowledgebase Question

Morristown, NJ
Question by WildGuy67
August 11, 1999
I have crimson sweet watermelons. They are pollinating fine, but when the watermelons get to about 3 inches in diameter, they stop to grow. I notice that the skin of the melon becomes denser and softer and it loses its shine. What could be wrong?

Answer from NGA
August 11, 1999


Melons do best with a rich and moist soil. I suspect your melons need more water because that is what makes up the main part of the fruit and without it they "stall" for lack of a better word.

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