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May 25, 2020 2:47 AM CST
Ahmedabad, India
I managed to plant some watermelon seedlings in coco peat. One seedling died after three days of germination. It completely bent and then died. Now, 2nd seedling is also completely bent and about to die. It just can't stand. I am growing them outside under a shade and watering them daily with sprayer. Can you please help what could be the issue? Temperature here now is 40 degree Celsius. Could it be due to heat? Pls check attached picture.
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May 25, 2020 5:15 AM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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In coco you have to feed at least 80 ppm with every watering.
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May 25, 2020 5:31 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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If my math is correct, that is 106 degrees F.
I lived in south Florida for nine years. I thought that was bad, 90-94 everyday. That was from mid May through October. I couldn't grow melons, squash or tomatoes in that kind of heat. The intense sun and heat just would not allow it.
I think that you melon just couldn't take the heat.
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May 25, 2020 6:53 AM CST
Bryan, TX
I raise watermelons every year, and every summer we normally have lots of days 95*F and above, and every summer some 100* or higher. Watermelons do fine here as long as they get full sun and plenty water and fertilizer, especially nitrogen. The 100*F and above is hard on them, but they can make it. I think the shade is the main problem with that plant. I don't know anything about the potting material you are using.
If it takes a long time to grow, remember that if nobody plants it, nobody has it.
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May 25, 2020 7:06 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
GROW ORCHIDS!!!
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You might try planting them in the ground. Cocoa peat is not going to hold enough water when you spray them!
Try putting them in the ground we're they get a half days sun and mix the soil, 1/2 cocoa peat, 1/2 soil. And water as often as needed making sure not to have them go bone dry.

Hey Wam, keep in mind where this person is they are going to get 100
+ for likely months on end.
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May 25, 2020 7:13 AM CST
Bryan, TX
Never been to India, but if it gets hotter than Texas, gardening of any kind could be challenging.
If it takes a long time to grow, remember that if nobody plants it, nobody has it.
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May 26, 2020 3:07 AM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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You need to feed coco until it goes in the ground, especially nitrogen.
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