Ripe Watermelon - Knowledgebase Question

Clayton, NJ
Question by alpaul80
August 19, 1998
How do you know when to pick a watermelon?


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Answer from NGA
August 19, 1998

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Watermelons are very hard to judge! Some gardeners go by the sound; when thumped a ripe melon sounds a dull thud and an unripe melon rings. Other gardeners go by the color of the spot on the bottom where the melon touches the ground. When that spot turns from white to a pale buttery yellow, it should be ready. You may also see brown tendrils near the fruit and finally, the skin may begin to feel slightly ridged.

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