What the heck is happening to my watermelons?? It looks like I'm getting a lot of BER-like lesions & some splits on the skins. We've had about 5" of rain since Tuesday and another storm is hitting right now.
The melons are sitting a pine bark mulch bed but some are in the grass along the perimeter fence around the garden. Would this be part of the problem?? With all the rain & humidity there hasn't been much drying of the ground.
Added text: I was watering with a large diameter sprinkler off the drip system. Would the spray watering add to the problem??
You know me, That is same that happened to my GR melons and CS melons, high humidity, no rain, blazing sunshine, and a fungicide that didn;t work. That was last year that happened as my experience.
Wait. I am sure more will reply with more useful info. Me l am believing the roots of the plant and a good fungicide have more to do with it than anything else
Just cruising through the forums looking for items of interest like watermelons and tomato stuff.
Since there were no further reports on your affliction, thought I would throw my two cents in!
Looking at the spot and its location and your weather reports seems similar to an article I was just reading about blossum end rot on tomatoes. That article said primary cause was from PH of soil being off which inhibits the intake of calcium plus just a lot of water can drown out roots with similar effects. So if you never found out anything different, might want to have your soil tested (a good idea for any serious gardener).
Sure never had any over watering problems with mine last year here in southern Wisconsin, but sure did a lot of watering by hand though!
I didn't have much response but with some conversations with different people they pretty much had the same conclusion. Plus the fact being gone for several weeks and having knee surgery to recuperate from really took my attention away from the garden...
Speaking of BER, I'm exploring the use of COMFREY TEA as a possible deterrent to hindered calcium intake.
There's a website that's talking all about COMFREY benefits over on Pinterest, and I noticed that Comfrey facilitates the uptake of calcium in plants. So, I just thought about what it might do for our tomatoes, bell peppers, and YOUR watermelons.
For watermelon, I have tried to keep the ground under the melons them selves dry, but watering the plant roots with drip. Then I read recently that once they start making melons not to add nitrogen fertilizer any more but some 0-10-10 every three weeks till they are ripe. You might want to research that for your area.
At the time I transplant the plants out, I add a couple tablespoons of bone meal, alfalfa meal and organic fertilizer to each hole, work it in to the dirt well before placing the transplant in the hole, water well with vit b1 for transplant shock and that seems to produce good melons
Thanks for that info, it was the first time I've tried to grow WMelons. Maybe this year will be a little bit better. I did the melons in a grow pouch on a bed of pine bark mulch, so should I concentrate watering more to the container & the root system, or should I also water the leaves and the vine?