Honeydew and Watermelons are splitting before ripe :( Help?

iluvbotany4life(Zone 5)July 27, 2010

I've got about 4 honeydew melons in my garden that are getting very large and 3 of them split wide open. The fourth was just beginning to split as well, so I picked it and it wasn't even near ripe yet. My watermelons are also splitting before they are ripe as well. Also, I have some cataloupe that are ENORMOUS, I'm talking the size of those massive watermelons you see in the supermarket. I picked one of these huge cantaloupes and they are not even ripe yet..why would they be so huge? I'm mainly concerned about the splitting melons. Some things that I've considered that may factor into this is that we have had a lot of heavy downpours here. Also, it has been unusually hot here all month. Nearly everyday it reaches near 95F. Lastly, I planted all my melons too close, so their vines are overlapping and climbing all over each other. I don't know if this can play any kind of part in the splitting problem, but I just thought I'd mention it. Any ideas as to what is going wrong?

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Sounds like all the rain has caused your melons to get very large. It can also cause them to split although I've never seen that myself. We've had about 5 inches this month mostly in the first week. No splitting from that but the vines sure grew a lot.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2010 at 1:36PM
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My watermelons are doing the same....We have had downpours as well almost everyday....too much water. the tomatoes are doing the same..they split before red...i have to pick just as the color starts to pink up and bring in

    Bookmark   July 16, 2011 at 8:16AM
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