Watermelon Plants
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Watermelons/Pumpkins

Anonymous added on August 26, 2011 | Answered

On watermelons, if I lose fruit that is the size of my thumbnail, is that a lack of water, too much water, or not pollinated? The fruit turns black. Also, on my pumpkins, they seem to dry up after they bloom.

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    Nikki
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    Answered on August 27, 2011

    It sounds like poor pollination is the issue with your melons. These articles will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/insect-pollination-process.htm
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/melons/hand-pollinating-melons.htm

    As for the pumpkins, just like squash plants, pumpkins produce more male flowers early in the season, which eventaully drop off. Males do not produce fruit. Given a little time and patience, your plants should begin putting out female blooms and you will begin to see some fruiting.

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