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cherishedtiger
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Melon just up and died... disease??

Lost a watermelon the other day, I had 4 or so growing really well two are almost the size of basket balls but one got no larger than a golf ball and turned yellow and black and well shriveled up and died. Is this maybe just one bad one or a sign of something I should be on the look out for?
Its my first time growing well anything but I just want to make sure my larger ones aren't in jeopardy.


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Hard to see the melon in the middle is fine and actually much larger, but in the upper right hand corner (I know hard to make out bare with me) is the melon in question, looks fine here but now is black and yellow.

Thank you!!!
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Since no one answered you, I will give it a stab. I have never grown watermelon and don't know much about it. But if we make a parallel to zucchini and squash (they are all in the same family cucurbitae), here is what I would say. The female flower comes with a "baby" fruit already present behind the flower. If the flower is not pollinated, the baby fruit will stay around for a little while and maybe even grow a little bit, but then it shrivels up and dies. So it could have been just a pollination issue.
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Small melons that don't get fertilized shrivel up and die. The plant will also sacrifice melons that have been fertilized (baseball to softball sized) when there is drought to concentrate growth on the larger melons.

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cherishedtiger
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AH! ok that must have been what the issue was then, since all the rest are doing great.

Thanks for the help!
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