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Name: Alayna
Texas
PlantsWillDance
Jul 30, 2017 8:10 AM CST
I have a sugarbaby watermelon plant (think) and theres a melon thats gotten to an average size. The little leaf on the end is dead, but the tendrill is whats confusing. The tendril itself splits in 2 about midway, and only one side of it is dead. Not sure what to do at this point.
Any help is appreciated!
(This is a picture from about a week ago when the little leaf and half the tendrill where still green)
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Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
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LysmachiaMoon
Jul 30, 2017 9:13 AM CST
I don't think the melon in your picture is yet ripe. A ripe watermelon will lose that sort of "haze" that's on the one pictured. The skin will be hard and shiny. The underside (the side either on the ground or away from the sun should begin to look a little faded or yellow. It should sound a little hollow when you knock on it with your knuckles. The melon should slip off the stem easily. Don't go by the tendrils or leaves They can turn yellow or brown if something damages them. Hope this helps!
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Name: Alayna
Texas
PlantsWillDance
Jul 30, 2017 9:32 AM CST
That picture was from about a week ago. Heres a picture from today
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jul 30, 2017 1:30 PM CST
Howdy there !!! 😁😁😁
To tell when.any melon.is ripe.
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Tendrill.closest to stem.drys. Stem.cracks a bit around mellon.
And.mellon breaks off easy.

If you know the knock test ! Thats excellent !!! Thumbs up
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Name: Alayna
Texas
PlantsWillDance
Jul 30, 2017 2:46 PM CST
Thaks for the quick responses!
I weighed it, its 5lb.
I know about the tendril and stuff like that, but like in the picture, its splits into another tendrill and only half is dead!
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jul 30, 2017 4:36 PM CST
Pick it up. It should feel heavy for the weight

Turn it over. The bottom should be creamy yellow. (white - under ripe, yellow - over ripe).

Thump it. If its ripe, it should sound hollow. Under ripe or over ripe, the watermelon won't resonate.
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Name: Alayna
Texas
PlantsWillDance
Jul 30, 2017 5:30 PM CST
Turned it over, no spot at all.
Sounds a bit hollow, not sure..
Guess i just gotta take a chance, either way, i have 7 others to practice on.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jul 30, 2017 8:58 PM CST
Does it seem too heavy for its size?
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Name: Alayna
Texas
PlantsWillDance
Jul 30, 2017 9:07 PM CST
Little bit, 5lbs for a football(ish) sized watermelon?
(Little bit bigger)
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Aug 1, 2017 4:23 PM CST
Melon isn't ripe yet...
tendril MUST be brown all the way back to the vine.
if even a little is green... not ripe.

My watermelons play a trick on me...
the tendril turns brown... except for about 3/8 of an inch... very damn little is still green... watermelon gets picked too soon...
my patch plays this trick on me every year... 3 or four green melons... and I learn some patience...
Name: Scott
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ScotTi
Aug 1, 2017 4:30 PM CST
My Grandmother use to take a straight straw from a straw broom and place on top center of the melon when the air was calm. If it was ripe the straw would turn back and forth.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Aug 1, 2017 5:28 PM CST
My Grandfather used to take his little pen knife and 'plug' the melon. Smiling Even as a child, that seemed like a really bad idea. I just Googled 'plug the melon' to try to figure out how to explain that phrase and found this:

http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/yard/...

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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Aug 2, 2017 1:50 PM CST
If you have a good ear for tone, you will notice that the pitch of the tone of the sound when thumping it with your knuckles will get lower and lower as the melon ripens. That added to all the suggestions mentioned will let you know. If you go to a supermarket where there are watermelons, try the thump test, you will hear the different pitches of the sound on different melons. The lower the sound the riper the melon. Of course if one is tone deaf . . . . Hilarious!
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Aug 3, 2017 2:08 AM CST
I have always depended on a slight softness at the blossom end.
Name: Alayna
Texas
PlantsWillDance
Aug 5, 2017 11:31 AM CST
Thank all of you for the responses!
They'll definetly help! Hurray!
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JulianaBritto
Aug 17, 2017 9:07 AM CST
This thread is so helpful! I have another question. I have two watermelons that are not growing, and are still quite small. I stupidly thought they might be ripe and picked one, only to see that it was completely green inside. I've been waiting for the other one to grow but it has not changed in size in months. Are there any known watermelon problems that might cause it not to grow? It has a diameter of maybe 5 inches, tops.
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Aug 17, 2017 10:14 AM CST
JulianaBritto said:This thread is so helpful! I have another question. I have two watermelons that are not growing, and are still quite small. I stupidly thought they might be ripe and picked one, only to see that it was completely green inside. I've been waiting for the other one to grow but it has not changed in size in months. Are there any known watermelon problems that might cause it not to grow? It has a diameter of maybe 5 inches, tops.

Best guess there is lack of regular water. Melons are like 95% water. FLAVOR will depend on trace minerals, but that's a different problem, LOL!.

JoanVickers
Aug 19, 2017 4:48 PM CST
I have another question about watermelon. I have about 4 on the vine that look great. Now, Every time a new watermelon starts, it turned black and is dead. These are about a tennis ball size. It really is confusing because my larger melons are doing great.

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