Sugar Baby Watermelon Question

alielizaJune 22, 2007

I have a few qestions about my sugar baby watermelon plants.

I bought them maybe a week or two ago from a nursery. They are pretty small.

One of them has started to produce flowers. The other day I saw one and immediately picked it off as to encourage the plants to get bigger. I didn't know at the time or think to check to see if it were male or female.

I've since learned that the female has a ball (seed pod?? baby fruit...) at the end of the flower.

Today I see what looks to me like a female flower.

Is it?

Should I pick it off, as the plants are maybe too small (I'd like to get a decent amount of melons!) or should I just let it go, and be happy for even one??

All pictures can be seen in the link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Sugar Babies

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yes, it's a female flower. The plant is small right now, but I don't know that removing the flower will make any difference. A recent transplant can sit for a bit and then it takes off.

It's up to you, if it were me I would just leave it, but I am not the type to remove flowers from anything.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2007 at 5:27PM
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Judging from another thread I'm guessing others will tell you that it doesn't matter whether you pinch it off or not because that pot isn't large enough to handle the root system required to grow even 1 melon to term on even 1 plant and you appear to have 2 in there.

they still look small enough to transplant though.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2007 at 6:01PM
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Murky is probably quoting me. I think I am the spoil-sport that said it is nearly impossible to grow watermelons, including Sugar Babies, in pots. That's because it is.

If you are happy growing watermelon vines and hoping, that's fine. But watermelons are not in your future.

It would be better to grow something in those pots that would really produce, like sweet peppers, or even hot peppers if you like those.

Don Yellman, Great Falls, VA

    Bookmark   June 22, 2007 at 8:35PM
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Thank you all for your replies.
I will consider transplanting those sugar baby plants.

You've been a big help.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2007 at 11:27PM
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tuvalu713(5b MI.)


maybe you could get one of those plastic, kid's swimming pools, punch some holes for drainage along the side and plant your watermelons in there. I'm trying this out this year.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   June 23, 2007 at 2:11PM
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