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When do I pick my watermelon?

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Tap the watermelon with your knuckle.  If it makes a dull sound it is under-ripe, a soft sound means it is over-ripe, and a hollow sound means it is ripe.  Or, check the under-side of the melon (the part touching the ground).  If the color has changed from white to cream it is probably ripe.  Another clue is that the tendril on the vine closest to the melon turns brown when the melon is ripe.

Posted on 13 Jun 2006

Karl Hauptfleisch
Salt Lake Master Gardener

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