Watermelons: has anyone ever checked the correlation
between the shape of a female watermelon "ovary" and the final shape of the watermelon it produces? I have a theory that if the flower is already "non-optimal" then the fruit will be too.
For example, some flowers show a distinct curling near the blossom end as well as a narrowing, rather than being perfectly shaped like a baby watermelon. My theory is that at the very least, the blossom will end up off-center, and at worst, the melon will be misshapen.
I don't particularly care about this for most of the watermelons that I grow, but I am extremely interested in this wrt Carolina Cross watermelons. I suspect that the best-formed females grow into the largest melons.
Any comments ?