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wayne123
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 11:02 am    Post subject: Help with baby watermelon? Reply with quote

I have 5 Baby water melon plants in my green house and i have a few questions about them.

1. Do they need to be staked up as part of the plant has a stem that seems to want's to climb with small vine that wants to cling to stuff?

2. Does anybody know roughly how many i will get of 1 plant and how big will they be?

3. When will i no when they are ready to be picked?

Hope i have explained it enough and you understand it.
Thanks
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the melons can be grown without supports but are better with some supports, canes and wire so that the fruit is above ground level. Allow 2-3 main shoots to develop and remove any surplus shoots including side shoots. Feed with a liquid feed as fruit is developing. You can expect 6 to 10 fruits per plant. it is ready for harvesting when it stops growing and changes colour to a yellow or brown colour. it is really ripe when the stem end starts to wither and the fruit begins to go soft at that end.
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