Watermelon leaves curling?!?

Cocogirl123July 6, 2012

I am fairly new to gardening and hoping for some sage advice regarding my watermelons. I planted them around 1 1/2 months ago and expected they would be bigger by now. Worse, however, is that in the last week, the leaves have been curling up, almost as if they are folded in half. I am wondering what the reason for that may be. It has been quite hot - regularly in the 90's for quite a while, but I have kept it well watered...

Thanks in advance!!

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Do you have any yellow or dead leaves, or yellow/dead spots on the leaves? My melons got powdery mildew from the hot and dry weather; that particular strain of mildew likes it hot and dry.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2012 at 4:06PM
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Nope, no yellow or dead leaves, just leaves that simply don't seem big enough and that have now started to curl. On the other hand, they don't seem quite as green as I might expect...

    Bookmark   July 6, 2012 at 4:50PM
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howelbama(7 NJ)

It's very normal for watermelon leaves to wilt and curl during the day, they should relax at night. Probably nothing to worry about. They are heavy feeders though, so you am want to fertilize them. Are you growing them in the ground? Some pics would help too.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2012 at 9:53PM
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