Female Watermelon Blossom

Notice the ovary attached to this female watermelon blossom! IMG_1861 I am very hopeful that a helpful bee was able to pollinate this blossom from the many male blossoms on this plant. This female blossom suddenly appeared and the blossom was already closed when I found it. With some good luck, this may develop into my first homegrown watermelon, in a container of course!

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7 Responses

  1. you dont have to wait for a bee… you can get a chicken feather and do it your self

    • Many thanks, Keely! But a bee apparently beat me to the punch – my watermelon is growing! Thanks for visiting my blog!

  2. Ok that sounds great!!! no problem (: how do you get your water melons to grow? mine are not growing! and what do they look like when they just come out of the soil.

    • Hi, Keely,
      The only photo that I have so far of a comparatively younger watermelon vine was posted on July 25, when the vine did not have any fruit growing on it yet, if you’re asking about the vine itself. The vine was a few weeks old.

      If you’re asking about a fruit that is already on your vine, but the fruit is still not growing, I’m not sure why it would not be growing. How often are you watering the plant? Is it in sun or in an area that has some shade?

      I’m growing my watermelon in a container and my only task at this time is to keep the soil watered, which I do about 3 times per week, and nature takes care of the rest for me. It’s growing in direct sunlight. The female watermelon blossom on my vine was found at the tip of the vine and actually another female watermelon blossom’s ovary appears to have just appeared within the past few days and might have been fertilized. Time will tell if that second fruit will also develop into a fruit like my first one. I sure do hope so!

  3. ok thanks what i really ment was how do i no when mine is growing? it is in fully sunned out area and I water it everyday it is in a 2 meter by 2 meter garden thing out side!

    • I hope I’m understanding your question correctly – please let me know if I don’t. If you’re asking about how to know if the fruit itself is growing: the ovary of the female blossom is round when it first appears. When it is fertilized by the pollen of a male blossom, the ovary will begin to swell and elongate into the large ovular shape typical of watermelons. I’ll be posting up a photo of my growing watermelon soon 🙂

      The soil need only be moist. If you’re watering every day, you might put your vine at higher risk for developing powdery mildew, which will ruin your plant.

  4. ok, no your not understanding it… my plant is not growing at all.!!! its seems like a waste of time but i am not willing to give up.

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