What makes watermelons split?
Water melon splits are caused by a number of factors such as:
Over watering Watering too little or not enough time, temperature, moisture content etc. Lack of sunlight Temperature fluctuations (cold days and hot nights) Over fertilization Too much fertilizer (too little or too much) Irrigation system problems (poor irrigation systems, poor drainage etc.
) Excessive light intensity (light overload)
The most common causes of watermelon splitting are:
Over watering Watering too little or not enough time, temperature, moisture content etc. Lack of sunlight Temperature fluctuations (cold days and hot nights) Irrigation system problems (poor irrigation systems, poor drainage etc.) Excessive light intensity (light overload)
How to Prevent Watermelon Splitting?
1. Keep your watermelon cool during the day.
If it gets too warm, then it will get soft and mushy. You need to keep your watermelon at room temperature all year round.
If you want to grow them indoors, then make sure they have a cold frame in which they stay at night so that their body does not get overheated.
2. Make sure your soil is well drained before planting and after harvesting.
3. Do not over fertilize!
4. Get a soil test done and correct the problem, then plant your watermelon.
5. Water frequently during the first couple of months you plant them.
6. Irrigate deeply so that water reaches at least three feet down into the ground.
7. During the summer, water them every 1-2 days for 1-2 hours.
8. Immediately after you see flowers blooming, stop watering them until they start to grow again and then keep on doing this process.
Where do you put the watermelon when you grow it or buy it?
It is best to put your watermelon in a place where it will not get hit by light directly. It is best to choose a place that is dark and cool for your watermelons. If they are exposed to too much sunlight, they will get too hot, and this can cause them to split. If they get too hot, then you need to move them to a darker place or they will split.
Why did my watermelons split?
It is most likely due to several reasons:
1. You grew them in soil that was too dry, so the roots did not get the moisture they needed.
2. You grew them in temperatures that got too hot, and this caused them to overheat.
3. You watered them too much or too little.
4. You did not grow them in rich soil.
5. You grew them in a place where they were exposed to direct sunlight.
Do you recommend splitting watermelons?
Yes, you should split them. If you grew them naturally and they split on their own, then you can leave them alone to grow. If you grew them yourself and they did not split, then you should split them yourself by hitting them with something such as a bat.
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Pre-and postharvest muskmelon fruit cracking: Causes and potential remedies by JP Fernández-Trujillo, GE Lester, N Dos-Santos… – …, 2013 – journals.ashs.org
Economics of grafted vs conventional watermelon plants by A Goldman – 2002 – Artisan Books
Home Vegetable Gardening in Washington by M Taylor, B Bruton, W Fish, W Roberts – HortScience, 2006 – journals.ashs.org
EFFECTS OF POSTAPPLICATION HALOSULFURONMETHYL AT VARIOUS PERCENTS OF VINE COVERAGE ON WATERMELON YIELDS by DP Hirsch – 2005 – Random House Digital, Inc.