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Watermelons not growing

Watermelon    New Zealand

Hi all!
I've been growing watermelon plants from a seed for a couple of months now, and the plants look healthy and green. There have been a few watermelons growing, but once they reach the size of about a bean, they all stop growing and several of them turn brown and I have to pull them out before they rot completely. Is this normal for the plants?
Any advice is greatly appreciated!


Posted by: Naomi (1 point) Naomi
Posted: December 29, 2017

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The main issue with watermelon is pollination even though it produces a large number of male and female flowers. Pollination depends on bees, wasps, etc. In general, if the pollination does not occur, the female flower will grow initially but fall off later (small fruit appear to develop but dry off later). So if your garden is lack of bees you should go for hand pollination.

Hand pollination can be done by using the soft brush. Run the soft brush on the opened male flower and then on to the female flower. Repeat the procedure for 2 to 3 days. (Both flowers look similar but the male flower grows on long peduncle and female flower on a short peduncle but it has an ovary in the shape of the fruit).

https://extension.udel.edu/weeklycrop...


Posted by: Dr. Ravishankar Narayana (134 points) Dr. Ravishankar Narayana
Posted: January 2, 2018

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