Ask a Question forum: Did I Ruin My Immature Watermelon?

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Name: Ash
Lubbock, TX (Zone 7a)
Jun 30, 2016 7:25 PM CST
I'm new to gardening, so you can imagine my delight when I noticed the female flower of my watermelon plant had been successfully pollinated 2 days ago. While admiring my tiny watermelon baby, I noticed a small bug on it. When I remove the bug, I accidentally scratching the surface of my watermelon baby with my fingernail. Later that day, I noticed the scratched area turned black. I've read that black spots turn into rotted areas of mature watermelons. Is this true? Is my watermelon ruined? Should I just remove this baby and wait (hope) for a new one to pop up in its place? Thank you!
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jun 30, 2016 9:29 PM CST
You may have a watermelon in your future or you may not. We aren't good at predicting the future - don't remove it, just let nature do its thing.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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Jul 1, 2016 1:23 AM CST
Welcome! Ash,
Sorry I'm of no help but
I think @farmerdill can tell you more if your damaged watermelon baby will make it.
We do have a Vegetables and Fruit forum with experienced and knowledgeable gardeners, Smiling
Name: Ash
Lubbock, TX (Zone 7a)
Jul 1, 2016 9:36 AM CST
Thank you both for your responses!
Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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Jul 1, 2016 10:01 AM CST
That scar looks pretty bad, but not to worry healthy plants will keep setting melons. That particular melon will probably abort on its own. If it gets fist size and is misshapen, remove it.
Name: Ash
Lubbock, TX (Zone 7a)
Jul 1, 2016 2:11 PM CST
Okay, I will wait and see what happens. Thank you!
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Jul 1, 2016 6:59 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @PlantMomInTraining !

Not to worry, your plant should give you lots more babies even if that one was injured. Smiling

And, I hope you will join us on the vegetables and fruit forum!
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