Why are my watermellons

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by caspernc, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. caspernc

    caspernc Songster

    Oct 15, 2010
    Z town NC
    popping on the vine and they are clearly not ripe? Is it the heat combined with the rain? I thought I would pick one cause the bottom was a creamy white but it was a little to shinny but what the heck. It also was VERY heavy (to much water?), but when I put a knife to it, it scared the #$%^ out of me when it POPPED! And , it was not ripe! Deap disapointment. Is it the heat?

  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    Yes, both. If the water mellon takes on water faster than the growth of the skin can accommodate, splitting can occur.

    Or, you've been following the example of the Chinese water mellon growers. Just google it and laugh. (although it is sad what agricultural practices are allowed there)
  3. Forrest_Flock

    Forrest_Flock Songster

    Jul 15, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    I heard aabout that a while ago
    I try not to eat too much fresh produce imported from China

    I think it is the same with grapes?
    mother has grapes in her garden
    they end up huge and not sweet at all with too much rain...

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