Fast grows the watermelon

Friday, June 29, 2007

Of the two little watermelons I showed in a previous photo, the first one fell off the vine, I'm sad to say. I guess it was an unfertilized ovary, if I recall correctly what I learned about squash blossom fertilization last year. The good new is, the second watermelon is growing like crazy! It's gone from thumb size to bigger than my hand in just one week. At this rate, I'll have watermelon slices in no time. Sweet!


Blogger Shannon Reynolds said...

Hello Christa,
What a lovely blog, and what astounding progress your watermelon is making. I'll enjoy spying on your garden from across the continent.
On an optimistic note, I live in a downtown residential neighbourhood in a medium-sized city and around here the squeals of playing children are as commonplace as birdsong.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Your plants are so big already!!

10:41 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

Well this explains why my cute little baby watermelon (obviously just a female bloom) dried up and died. Can ants pollinate these things? That's the only thing I've seen on my blooms. Have you ever hand pollinated? I'm thinking maybe I need to try that? I only have one plant and its growing like crazy and has tons of blooms but no fruit.

11:38 AM  
Blogger Kalyn Denny said...

So that's why so many early squash fall off the vines, never knew that and always wondered! Great looking watermelon.

11:46 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Isn't it amazing how fast they grow up? I'm excited that you will get to enjoy that baby in a few weeks (not that you're not enjoying watching it now).

And Gina, I've hand pollinated melons before, with success. Make sure you get the pollen from the male blossoms (the simple flowers) to the female flowers (the ones that look like they already have little fruit at the base).

11:58 AM  
Blogger Christa said...

Thank you, Shannon. Great to hear the kids are having fun outside!

Isn't it crazy? This watermelon is growing bigger by the minute.

Gina and Kayln,
I haven't tried hand pollination. I just let the first ones fall and try not to fret about them too much. I learned from my squash experiment last year that eventually the male and female flowers will do their thing -- naturally.

It IS a lot of fun watching this watermelon grow up. I can't wait to taste it.

Thanks for visiting!

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, i'm jealous... My watermelons aren't quite that big. Maybe a little bigger than tennis ball sized at this point and they were just the size of yours a week ago. What variety are yours? Mine are sugar baby, so I guess they're supposed to be small.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Connie said...

That is a CUTE little watermelon! Hope it tastes as good as it looks.

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My watermelon is just now blooming so I hope they form and grow as fast as yours has.

I love watermelon.

8:50 PM  
Blogger Christa said...

Mine is the Crimson Sweet variety. I am not sure how big they're supposed to get. We shall see!

11:02 AM  

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