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moon and star watermellons

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
hello- anyone else here grow moon and star watermellons? we grew some last year, but we could never tell when they were ripe, and so as a result we picked several before they were ripe, got about two good ones, and lost 5 babies to the frost...
how can we tell when they are ripe since they are so different from typical watermellons?
post #2 of 10
I grew them for the first time last year and got a few yummy ones-my biggest challenge was squash beetles. I was told (here in fact) that if you pick them when the ground spot is nice and yellow and the tendril closest to the stem has withered that they are ripe-and it worked great.
post #3 of 10
I just had to smile here because this is the watermelon variety we're going to grow this year.
post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by Jennifer3141 View Post
I just had to smile here because this is the watermelon variety we're going to grow this year.
Me too!

I also agree with the pp that said they're ripe when the ground spot is yellow or the blossom closest to the fruit withers. I read that in one of my seed catalogs.
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
ok- i will pass that info on to my husband, they're his babies.
post #6 of 10
I grow those every year just because they make me smile
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by jyurina View Post
pick them when the ground spot is nice and yellow and the tendril closest to the stem has withered that they are ripe-and it worked great.
This has been my experience as well. Good Luck!
post #8 of 10
We had NO luck with these last year. I have no idea what went wrong, but they never grew well and eventually petered out altogether prior to flowering. I need to look into it, because those are the prettiest things I've ever seen.
post #9 of 10
I grew these last year. I planted about 12 seeds and all but 2 got eaten. Those 2 plants grew (A LOT) and produced one big melon each. The first one I picked too early. The second one I was determined to wait until it was fully ripe. Finally picked it around Halloween, and it was not good-mealy, cardboard-y, bleh. I'm sure I'm waited too long.
Not going to do them this year, takes up too much space for what it actually produces (for me). They are pretty though!
post #10 of 10
I made the mistake of planting my watermelon too close to my zucchini last year, and the huge squash leaves overshaded my baby watermelon plants, ruining any chance of them growing properly. So I grew moon and stars, too, but had nothing to show for it.

This year, I think I'm going to plant the watermelon OUT of the garden, in its own strip where there is nothing else, so it can meander as much as it wants and won't need to compete. I'm worried about the soil quality there, since it won't be the nice, enriched dirt of my raised-bed garden, but at least they'll have plenty of sun!

Guin
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