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Good question! You need a long, hot summer and a good location to grow Watermelon but if you’re lucky enough to have that then you may be able to grow Watermelon. The question is, when do you pick? Because after all that hard work you don’t want to spoil it all by picking too late or indeed too early.

But don’t worry there are signs that will tell you when is the right time.

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The first sign to look for is the nearest tendril to the fruit. It will be curled and, if the Watermelon is ripe, it will brown and shrivelled. The one in the photo is not, so this Watermelon is not yet ready.

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Next look for a small cup-shaped leaf near to the fruit called the ‘spoon’ leaf. It’s about the size of a teaspoon and different from the other leaves. If this leaf is brown and shrivelled or has even fallen off then this is another sign that the Watermelon is ready.

Lastly, inspect the underside of the Watermelon. Is there a white patch, or lighter patch on the Watermelon. If so then this could be a sign that it’s not ready. Ripe Watermelons should be a nice deep green colour all over.

So there you go. If all the signs are there, harvest now, before the weather gets any worse.

5 Responses to “When is my Watermelon Ready to Pick?”

  1. HelenBon 29 Sep 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Brown shriveled tendril, yes. Allover green, NO!!! The lighter area on the bottom of the watermelon is called the “ground spot”, and on a ripe melon, it will be yellow.

  2. CJon 29 Sep 2013 at 7:44 pm

    I’m afraid I can only dream of watermelon here in SW England. Do let us know how delicious it is!

  3. mtpon 29 Sep 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Hi Helen, Mine turned green all over. Maybe it was a different variety.

  4. HelenBon 30 Sep 2013 at 1:09 am

    Yes, it most likely is that cultivar, or that particular melon. Check this:

    http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/cornucop/2002071935010165.html

  5. Bishop Deckeron 30 Sep 2013 at 1:41 pm

    In my experience the bottom will have that light color and the attachment to the melon becomes dry. It will usually separate with a light pull when ripe. Of course I am in Texas and we have plenty of heat….melons were ripe 6-8 weeks ago in my area.