wilting muskmelon and watermelon plants

vaherbmomJuly 6, 2013

is there some disease that makes them just suddenly wilt? They look fine one day and the next morning I come out and they are all wilted. A few have stems that look chewed (posted about that earlier) but most have no visible damage.

I also lost one squash plant--it wasn't the borers yet as I opened the stem and it was ok inside. The melons wilt just like squash do when they have SVB.

The watermelon plants in another part of the garden look great so far. Could it be something in the soil?


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Could be bacterial wilt, except that watermelon is supposed to be more resistant.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 7:16PM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

yeah, could be wilt, or could be something going on with the roots or main stem. Usually not a good sign.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 10:50PM
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So is there anything I can do?

If I try a new part of the garden next year is it likely to help or am I infected for life?

    Bookmark   July 10, 2013 at 6:33AM
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There's also something called "sudden wilt" that no one seems to be able to do anything about.

Bacterial wilt, if that's the problem, is spread by cucumber beetles.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2013 at 2:54PM
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I do have lots of cucumber beetles. This year I was using surround to try to keep them at bay but I can't tell that it deters them at all.

My plants do wilt rather suddenly.

I may try to grow these susceptible plants under row cover next year. I will have to uncover them for pollination though, so the beetles will get them then.

Any advice very much needed!

    Bookmark   July 10, 2013 at 6:31PM
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If you find a solution, let the rest of us know about it.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2013 at 8:06PM
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When I planted my melons (cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew, pumpkins) I put them under row cover immediately. After a few weeks of growth and them outgrowing the cover, I exposed them and sprayed surround on them every few days, especially after a rain. Plus I hung a few yellow sticky traps plus one cucumber beetle lure from Johnny's. All the plants are doing great so far.

I uncovered a second later planting today and besides weedy, the plants looked good. I planted a greenhouse cucumber this year (self fertile, does not need pollination) and when I uncovered the plant, I had a full sized cucumber already!

    Bookmark   July 10, 2013 at 9:00PM
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