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When to harvest a Sugar Baby Watermelon?

Posted by growingup 8a tucson, az (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 21, 07 at 15:41

I know they aren't supposed to get too big, but I was wondering when they should be harvested? My first is about the size of a soft ball.


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RE: When to harvest a Sugar Baby Watermelon?

Best not to judge by size, watermelons are pretty universal with few exceptions.

Refer to this thread to determine when watermelon is ripe...

Here is a link that might be useful: Blacktail Mountain Watermelon, ripe?


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RE: When to harvest a Sugar Baby Watermelon?

Yes there was just a big thread on when to predict the ripeness of them by the tendril. It is the one the pp posted. It was very helpful , as this is my first year growing watermelons. I cant wait for mine to get ripe....

Kristen


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RE: When to harvest a Sugar Baby Watermelon?

I have Sugar Babies right now, and there is one that looks ripe. It is about the size of a soft ball. Most watermelons have a spot that turns from white to yellow on the bottom where the melon sits on the ground. However, the melon that I am referring to has a bright yellow spot, and I think it is ready. I just want someone who seems to know what they are talking about to answer my inquiry. The overall color of the melon has changed to dark green. I am told that Sugar Babies do that when they are ripe, but the tendril does not look ready. What should I do? My plan is to wait a few more days. Is that a good plan?


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RE: When to harvest a Sugar Baby Watermelon?

my sugar baby watermelon is about the size of a softball and its yellow on the bottom but i don't know if i can pick it because the thred is not dried uo


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RE: When to harvest a Sugar Baby Watermelon?

I wouldn't pick it yet. I just read that sugar baby should be approximately 8" in diameter, but that size is not a good indicator. Mine are 8" now and I thought they were ready, so I picked one today. There were pink spots inside which were quite tasty, but the rest was still white :( I'm going to leave the others until the tendril turns brown and they no longer look shiny on the outside after reading the blacktail mountain posts from above!


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RE: When to harvest a Sugar Baby Watermelon?

Mine are about a foot in diameter and still not quite ready. (I think). The seed pack said "sugar baby", but they are getting pretty big.


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RE: When to harvest a Sugar Baby Watermelon?

What about if we count the day from seediing or transplanting?


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RE: When to harvest a Sugar Baby Watermelon?

Always go by the tendril and let it completely brown!


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RE: When to harvest a Sugar Baby Watermelon?

It is better to wait a bit longer.
Watermelon will not become spoiled by slightly becoming over ripen. Ripe Water melon can be kept for weeks in cold storage.
I think the tendril indicator is a good one.


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RE: When to harvest a Sugar Baby Watermelon?

I waited until the tendril turned completely brown, and the bottom is a buttery yellow color, the skin is a dark dull green, and when I cut it, it was still not ripe inside. There are pink area's and still a lot of white flesh. What am I doing wrong????


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