Te3
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Can my watermelon be rescued?

Hi everyone,

Since the last lot of rain my poor watermelon plant has gone south. It went from a lively plant to a plant that looks like it's dying.
Can it be rescued?
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rainbowgardener
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Re: Can my watermelon be rescued?

it always helps to tell us where you are located. There are hardly any garden questions that can be discussed without regard to location/ climate.

Watermelons, as you might guess from the name, like water. Rain by itself should not have harmed it, unless the drainage is very bad and there was a puddle of water staying around the roots.

Have you had a frost/freeze? Watermelons are very tender and a freeze would wipe it out. Otherwise check the base of the stem, just above where it comes out of the ground. If you find a hole or chewed up looking area, with some orange-ish, sawdusty looking stuff around it (maybe on the ground below it), something like this:

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it was attacked by squash vine borer.

As the name suggests, the borer usually attacks squashes and pumpkins, but if there are none in your garden, it might go for the watermelon.
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rainbowgardener
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Re: Can my watermelon be rescued?

It looks like you've been around here some lately, Te. Did you figure out what happened to your watermelon plant? Frost bit? Borers? Drowned in the rain? Something else?
Twitter account I manage for local Sierra Club: https://twitter.com/CherokeeGroupSC Facebook page I manage for them: https://www.facebook.com/groups/65310596576/ Come and find me and lots of great information, inspiration

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