Determining when to harvest a melon is most challenging early in the season, especially while the vines are still green and healthy.However, choosing the ideal watermelon is not difficult if you have a little practice and knowledge.During warmer temperatures, watermelon grows at a quick pace.
At 32 days after flowering, the majority of the tomatoes are ripe and may be plucked off the vine with relative ease.
How do you know when a watermelon is ripe?
An other clue that a watermelon is ripe is when the ground spot (the portion of the melon that is lying on the ground) changes color from dazzling white to yellow. This ground patch does not have a whole golden hue to it. Green streaks can still be seen in the yellow field, indicating that the watermelon has not yet reached its ripeness.
What does a yellow spot on a watermelon mean?
As the melon matures, the underside of the melon rests on the field, forming a field spot (also known as a ground spot). A yellow mark on the watermelon indicates that it has been allowed to mature on the vine for an appropriate amount of time. Unripe melons will have buttery or creamy yellow field spots along their belly, but ripe melons will often have a white field spot on their belly.
How long do watermelons last on the vine?
Watermelons that are totally ripe and have a brown tendril may remain on the vine for up to two weeks if there is no severe rainfall, which can cause ripe melons to break open on the vine (like tomatoes).
When is a sugar baby watermelon ready to pick?
A bright ground spot appears on the surface of melon varieties such as ‘Sugar Baby’ and a few other dark-skinned melons early in their growth, long before the melon is ready to harvest. This is why you must consider a number of factors before making a final conclusion about whether a watermelon is ready to be picked.