watermelon split in half - Knowledgebase Question

Jacksonville, Fl
Question by kaygfox
June 15, 2010
Our watermelon are about 10

Answer from NGA
June 15, 2010


Watermelons (and other developing fruits) will split when the inside develops pressure from water uptake and the skin cannot expand quickly enough to accommodate the added pressure. This can happen when plants are overwatered or when soil moisture is inconsistent. While you cannot control the rain, you can control when and how much water you supply to your plants. To help maintain even moisture, mulch over the soil with a 2 inch layer of organic mulch. This will slow water evaporation and help moderate soil temperatures. Best wishes with your melons!

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