Watermelon Trimming: Should I Be Cutting Watermelon Vines?
The following are some things you need to know before deciding whether or not you should trim your watermelons.
1) You don’t have to cut all the way through the stem.
Sometimes it’s better if you leave a little bit of the stem attached so that when they’re ripe, they’ll still look good.
2) If you do decide to cut them all the way through, make sure you use a sharp knife!
A dull one will just tear up your fruit instead of cutting through it.
3) If you’re going to trim them all the way through, try to keep them short enough that they won’t get too long.
Too long and they’ll fall over when you pick them up.
4) You may want to trim them even shorter than that, but then again, you might not like the taste of the fruit.
5) If you’re planning on eating them raw, don’t worry about cutting into their stems; they’re tough enough already without having to go through the trouble of removing parts of their bodies.
(If you do eat them raw though, always wash your hands after handling any part of a melon. Even a tiny bit of dirt can give you food poisoning if it gets inside one and you swallow it!)
6) If you’re planning on serving the watermelon cold, you might want to cut off the very ends of the stems.
This will keep them from sweating all over everything in the fridge.
7) If you’re going to be painting a picture of a watermelon, I’d advise not cutting into it at all (at least not until after you’re done painting).
That way you can see the different parts of the watermelon (rind, seeds, etc.) without having to dig around in it.
8) If you’re planning on taking a bite out of your watermelon, you might want to cut off the very, very bottom of the stem so that it won’t fall over when you take a bite.
There you have it: your guide to trimming watermelons! Hope it wasn’t too boring. Good luck and be careful with those knives!
How Many Watermelons Per Vine?
If you’re growing watermelons in your backyard, you might be wondering how many watermelons you can expect to get from each vine. The answer is that it varies. It depends on the type of watermelon that you’re growing, the climate that your growing them in, how well they’ve been cared for, and so on.
One of the factors that affects how many watermelons you can grow on a vine is how big you want them to grow. If you leave the watermelon on the vine longer to grow bigger, it will produce more watermelons but each one will be smaller. If you harvest the watermelons sooner to encourage more production, each one will be smaller but there will be more of them.
So how many watermelons should you expect to grow on each vine?
That all depends. If you leave the watermelon on the vine long enough for it to get really big, you might only get two or three watermelons off of each vine. If you harvest the watermelon a little sooner to promote more growth, you’ll get five or six melons off of each vine. As a general rule though, most watermelons only produce one watermelon per vine.
If you want to grow a lot of watermelons, plant more than one vine; maybe even more than one row. If you want big watermelons, plant just a few vines and harvest them sooner. If you want a lot of smaller watermelons, plant more vines and let them grow big before harvest.
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