Posts Tagged ‘watermelon’

Watermelon – Choosing a Ripe One

It’s terribly disappointing to cut into a watermelon and find that it is still mostly pink inside and has little sweetness to the meat.  But what do you look for when choosing one at the grocery? How can you pick...

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Squash/Pumpkin/Cucumber/Watermelon Cross-Pollination – Explanation

I frequently receive from gardeners pictures of crazy-looking squash, cucumbers and gourds. Typically the plants  sprouted in a compost pile, from discarded fruit of the past year. The gardeners suspect cross-pollination is to blame for the odd shapes and they...

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Watermelon – Slow Ripening

Q: I have a hard time telling when my watermelons are ripe. They have been the size of a cantaloupe for several weeks. A: Watermelons can be slow to fully ripen because they depend so much on the right ratio...

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Watermelon

Citrullus linatusSummertime celebrations would be incomplete without watermelons. Children of all ages love the sweet, juicy fruit of these hot-weather African natives. As is the case with other summer melons, watermelons need a long, hot season to develop. • More...

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Growing Seedless Watermelons

If you’ve enjoyed a delicious seedless watermelon, you might wonder how they are grown. It starts by treating watermelon seedlings with a chemical that makes the plant have 4 times (4X) the normal number of chromosomes. After planting, when this...

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Squash – Cross-pollination With Other Vegetables

Q: Q: I have a watermelon planted next to a cucumber vine. The watermelon flesh is white. Did the cucumber pollinate the watermelon? Q: I have a squash plant that volunteered in my garden. The fruit looks like a zucchini...

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Watermelons – Ripe When?

Q: This is the first year I have grown watermelons. They are taking over my garden! When is the right time to harvest them? The largest melon is the size of a basketball. A: I have a gourd vine right...

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