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I decided to plant some watermelons in my garden this year. Its been a couple years since I tried to grow them. I started to pick them last night. I grow 4 varieties: Sugar baby, crimson sweet, lemon crush, and Carolina cross. The Carolina cross a very large and take around 100 day to get ripe. I picked my first "test" melon last night to see if they are ripe. I weighted it and it weighted 51.5 pounds. I think I also have three more that are larger then this one.


 

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Looks good I hope you have a big family for that one. My one plant just died and the only Crimson on it was the size of a soft ball.
 

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Looks like a great crop. I have some but I don't know how to tell when they are ripe. I tried tapping on them to see if they sound hollow but they all sound real solid. What do you fertilize them with and how often?
 

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You can usually tell if they are ripe if the tendril is dry on the stem of the watermelon. It looks like a curled pigs tail. That is not always a sure thing though. The large one I posted a picture of was not completely ripe and it was dry on it. The best way is to count the days from when they sprouted and see if the number of days are up for that particular variety. It usually varies by variety, anywhere from 80 to 100 days after the plant is sprouted. As far as fertilizer , I water them every day for 30 minutes on a trickle irrigation system and time clock. I have it teed off of our fall mums field so it gets the same feed as they do, from early June till they are harvested. Its an odd fertilizer type, but I think the home gardener could use any 20-10-20 type with good results. The cut one pictured is a crimson sweet in case anyone was wondering.
 
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