Watermelon - Knowledgebase Question

Bella Vista, CA
Question by winspiritz
July 30, 1998
I was wondering how long it takes for a watermelon seed to develop a fully ripe watermelon, once the blooms have started to develop.


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Answer from NGA
July 30, 1998

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Unfortunately the answer depends on the variety of watermelon and the summer weather. Some varieties ripen in 74 days and others ripen within 100 days. Some gardeners determine the ripeness of a watermelon by thumping it, with a resulting ringing sound if it's green, and a dull or dead sound if it's ripe. Other gardeners harvest when the 'pigs-tail' curl where the watermelon attaches to the vine turns brown. Look at the bottom surface of the watermelon. If the spot on the bottom has turned from a light straw color to a rich yellow or orange color, the watermelon is ready to harvest.

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