November 19, 2023

When to Harvest Watermelon

Watermelons should be ready to harvest approximately 1 month after they've flowered or 2 to 3 months after planting. However, this time can vary depending on your growing conditions and weather. In general, your melon will be ripe if it's the same color throughout, the rind has a dull appearance, and the belly (where it rested on the ground) is a yellowish or creamy color.

Another easy way to tell if your watermelon is ripe is by trying to pierce the rind. If it's ripe, the rind will have more of a matte hue and will be slightly softer to the touch than an unripe melon. You can also test for ripeness by gently tapping the watermelon on a hard surface. When it is ripe, the melon will produce a hollow sound, while under or over-ripe watermelons will make a thud.

Other ripeness indicators include the curlly tendril that was attached to the stem at one point turning brown and dry. The melon should also have a yellow field spot on the belly where it rested on the ground, which is a sign of ripeness.

Some experienced watermelon farmers have also reported that a ripe watermelon will begin to lose its sheen and have a more dull appearance. The rind will also have a rough or wavy feel to it as the fruit ripens. It's also important to note that if you are experiencing hot or humid weather, your melon may need to be harvested sooner than if the weather is cooler and drier. This is because warm or moist temperatures increase fungal activity, which can lead to rot and spoilage in the melon.

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