Wilting melon vine (pics)

phantom_white(6)July 6, 2007

My melon patch (which I've posted about before) has about 5-6 kinds of melons in it. The cantaloupe and muskmelon vines are much much numerous than the watermelon vines are, but all are doing exceptionally well compared to the past two years of complete failure. However, there are two small (Ambrosia?) vines that are wilting. The flowers look healthy and vibrant and we just had a good rain yesterday, so is there another reason these vines look the way they do? I'm praying it's not SVB... I've never even seen them around here before... any suggestions?

Abby

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Violet_Z6(6a)

Where are you located?

Read up at the following link and consider looking inside the stem to determine if borers are the problem.

Here is a link that might be useful: Squash Vine Borer

    Bookmark   July 6, 2007 at 2:55PM
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gonefishin(z7bTx)

There are several kinds of disease, virus and wilts that are bad on mellons in addition to insects. I had some pretty vines going is a half whiskey barrel but all out rain flooded them out. They looked fine at noon one day, by 4:00 P.M. they looked awful. They rallied briefly before most of the vines died. One vine has hung on now has some vines blooming, but I have been so depressed over the incessant rain here that I have not even checked the blooms to see if any of them are female.

You might google watermellon diseases and pests to see if you find anything that looks like the problems you are having.
Bill P.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2007 at 4:38PM
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carol_71(Netherlands z8)

gonefishing I'm so sorry to hear what happened to your plants. It's indeed depressing to loose them like that. I'm experiencing it the first year.

Abby, this is my fist year with vegetables, but before the stormy weather came, I lost some batches of cucurbits to SVB and they did look like in the picture you showed. I really hope you donÂt have that bug. But if you do, IÂd protect the other cucurbits, somehow, and fast.

Best luck!
Carol

    Bookmark   July 6, 2007 at 5:37PM
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    Bookmark   July 6, 2007 at 6:04PM
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phantom_white(6)

Hee hee... thanks again crabjoe! I tried posting the pic how you said but it wouldn't let it through.

Abby

    Bookmark   July 6, 2007 at 7:37PM
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gamebird

I've never had the squash vine borer, but I've accidentally stepped on a vine and broke it. The subsequent vine death looked something like that. You should check to make sure it's not physical damage.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2007 at 8:40PM
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phantom_white(6)

gamebird,
I don't think I stepped on the vine; the plants are just too darn thick to get into! =)

p.s.
crabjoe, if you see this feel free to post the picture. I still can't figure out why it won't let me post pics directly...

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    Bookmark   July 6, 2007 at 9:17PM
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crabjoe(z7 MD)
    Bookmark   July 6, 2007 at 9:36PM
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wayne_5 zone 6a Central Indiana

I am not aware that melons and watermelons are normally attacked by SVB. They like a hollow stemmed plant.
There is bacterial wilt on cantaloupes usually caused by cucumber beetles carrying the disease. About 1% of the beetles are usually infected.
Then there are fusarium wilts and I suppose some other maladies usually resulting from unfriendly soil fungi.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2007 at 9:43PM
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dpsnoopy(5)

Do they perk back up in the evening? It looks like it's only the new growth that's wilting, it's not unusal for new growth on cucurbits to wilt in the heat of the day because they have not yet put down the roots to take up the moisture.
Terry

    Bookmark   July 6, 2007 at 10:35PM
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carol_71(Netherlands z8)

Wayne, my two melon plants got SVB, I saw the grubs in the stem.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2007 at 2:55AM
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phantom_white(6)

I don't think they're new growth... and no, they don't perk up in the evening. I noticed that something has nipped off the new growth at the tips of some of the wilted vines; but there are also wilted vines that haven't been nipped or damaged at all. I can't figure out what's going on. I do know there's some sort of pest afoot though. Whatever it is has already gotten two of my tomatoes as well. The critter doesn't seem to be bothering the actual melons though... I hope it stays that way.

Abby

    Bookmark   July 7, 2007 at 4:02PM
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phantom_white(6)

Found out what is after my plants; deer. Whilst poking around in the garden I spotted deer tracks next to everything that had been eaten.

Abby

    Bookmark   July 7, 2007 at 11:13PM
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phantom_white(6)

I was in the garden last night trying to catch the deer that's eating my toms, and I checked on the melons while I was out there. Turns out, the vines do perk up after dark. They were just as lush and perky as the rest of the vines.
That means one less thing I have to worry about. =)

Abby

    Bookmark   July 9, 2007 at 10:41AM
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westtexan(7b)

I have some squash and zucchini plants that have wilted and died. The first night or two, they do perk up, but by day 3 they're pretty much toast. I've looked and haven't found any evidence of SVBs, but I do have cucumber beetles around. It seems like only one plant is affected at a time. I have to just pull the things up. I have no idea what it is, but I am hoping it doesn't happen to my melons which are only a few feet away.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2007 at 2:02PM
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