Watermelon fruit set

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Posted by Wayne Perrier on August 01, 2002 at 14:31:39:

I've been having some trouble with my watermelons. The plants themselves are growing robustly but the female flowers are not turning into melons. Instead they're just going black, shrivelling up and dying. I've recently started to "hand-pollinate" by plucking some male flowers from adjacent plants and manually touching the female flowers with the males. Don't know yet if this will be successful, but I've lost about 4 female flowers so far. The soil nutrient levels are all ok, as far as I know (I checked about a month ago). Does anyone have any ideas, or should I just keep doing the hand-pollenation ? We do appear to have a sufficient number of bees in the garden, so I'm a little perplexed. Thanks in advance.

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