Are these Watermelons ripe??
This is my first year with watermelons in my zone 5 upstate NY garden. These are photos of a Blacktail Mountain and Sugar Baby watermelon.
I started them indoors around May 1, and transplanted them outside around the 3rd week in May. They have been outside for about 60 days...and about 80 days from seed. I believe the maturity date on these early watermelons is about 85 days (from setting out), but if your experience is anything like mine, reality is usually much longer. I'm asking this ? because one of the signs of a ripe watermelon is a white bottom that turns yellow. The bottoms of these were white last week and now they're yellow. My gut tells me that they are still a few weeks away from being ripe. The skins have not roughened up, and the tendril is still green.
Any help is much appreciated. Thanks