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Cantaloupe vines splitting

Posted by homegrown71 Southeast Kansas (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 19, 14 at 16:46

I am growing cantaloupe for the first time. The plants seem to be doing well. I have treated for downy mildew. I have a mound with 4 hand sown seeds that have turned into vibrant plants. I have one vine that has produced a fruit and just passed the fruit stem the vine has split. It almost looks like it has unraveled. I will attach a picture. Thanks for any help.


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RE: Cantaloupe vines splitting

  • Posted by digdirt 6b-7a North AR (My Page) on
    Sat, Jul 19, 14 at 17:39

Just as with fruit splitting, vine splitting is caused by inconsistent watering practices. Excessive wet periods followed by very dry and then wet again - whether it be rains or gardener-supplied. As the moisture levels move from one extreme to the other the stems swell then shrink, then swell again and crack/split.

To prevent it we have to do everything we can to stabilize the soil moisture levels.

Dave


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RE: Cantaloupe vines splitting

Okay. I will try to stabilize my watering. Will my plant survive?


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