We have started growing a watermelon and we were wondering how you stop the plant from growing and let the watermelons grow instead. Does it kill the plant if you cut off some of the shoots that are growing? If you could let me know how to stop the plant from growing without killing it, I would appreciate it. It has a few little watermelons, but how long do they take to get big?
Stop Watermelon Plant From Growing
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It won't hurt the plant to remove some of the shoots, but you might be better off if you remove some of the female blooms. The watermelons already formed will grow larger with less competition from other fruits. You might find the following article helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/watermelon/growing-watermelon.htm