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Zone 30075 | Gardnerb added on July 18, 2012 | Answered

My cantaloupes are splitting open. What causes this and what can I do about it? Thanks, Bonnie

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Answered on July 19, 2012

This is caused by uneven watering. This can happen when you have long periods of dry followed by a big rainfall. The plant is so thirsty that it sucks up water faster than it can grow and the fruit splits. To avoid this, make sure to water evenly and often. Mulching plants helps as well, and a drip system with a timer is also a great way to avoid this.

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