Watermelon Plants

My Watermeleon Vines Just Keep Growing and Stretching

naelele added on July 16, 2011 | Answered

My watermeleon vines keep stretching and growing long vines after vines. It has not produced a watermeleon yet, just 2 months of vines growing from one end of my starting point to all along my fenceline. I keep seeing yellow flower buds, but what should I do. . . keep letting it vine out? It's going on 3 months almost and not one watermeleon yet, just constant vines gowing and stretching accross my yard. Should I separate some of them now? They have all connected and grab a hold of anything in their path. What should I do? I want to at least have one watermeleon and not 30 vines growing all over.

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Answered on July 18, 2011

You may not have enough bees to pollinate the blossoms. As you may know, bees have been hit by a virus seriously reducing their numbers. Try to keep all competing weeds away from the plants - the bees may be visiting their flowers instead of the watermelon. Also the use of pesticides has cut our pollinators! Watermelon have only one day to be pollinated so there is a bit of luck involved unless you hand pollinate blossoms. Do not use high nitrogen fertilizers since they produce all vines and no flowers.

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