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Name: Bridget
Denver, CO (Zone 6a)
BridgetGalati
Jul 27, 2017 9:20 AM CST
Hi, I am growing watermelons for the first time this year and have read that removing the first watermelon encourages the plant to make more melons later. Is this true? Our first watermelon showed up in mid-July here in Denver and I am of course very excited to keep it. Thanks for your help!
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Jul 27, 2017 9:55 AM CST
I NEVER do.
The sooner I get melons, the better.
Take off the fruit... Then what?
The plant pulls more nutrients from the soil, just for more leaves?
sorry, that makes no sense to me.
Name: Bridget
Denver, CO (Zone 6a)
BridgetGalati
Jul 27, 2017 10:34 AM CST
stone said:I NEVER do.
The sooner I get melons, the better.
Take off the fruit... Then what?
The plant pulls more nutrients from the soil, just for more leaves?
sorry, that makes no sense to me.


That was my thinking, too! I am hopeful that having the start of a melon now means we might actually have one to eat in a month or two. Thanks for the reply!

Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jul 27, 2017 10:42 AM CST
Your growing season is so short that one or two ripe watermelons may be all your plant produces before frost kills it.
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