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Where are the melons?

Where are the melons?
Posted by Todd from MD, 7a on 2002-06-26 21:24:03

I planted watermelon transplants back in the beginning of May, and the vines finally started growing like crazy. The fruit has yet to emerge, and I am wondering if there is anything I can do to help them along. I am a first year gardener, with a ton of questions. Thanks for any replys.
  • fruitless watermelons
    Posted by Kimm from 4a/5b-MI on 2002-06-27 07:03:57

    Are there any blossoms? No blossoms, no fruit. If there are blossoms and still no fruit there is a pollination problem, its not happening. You also need to have male and female blossoms or you get no pollination and therefore no fruit. Most plants will have an equal number of male and female blossoms although only the female blossoms will have the fruits. Look at all blossoms where they attach to the stem (provided you have blossoms) to see if there is a "swelling" at that point. That is a female blossoms and that swelling is the ovary, male blossoms won't have that.
    Keep in mind that the fruits plants produce for us to eat are not produced for that reason but are something for seed production.
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