dradis84
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Please HELP Watermelons are dying

Hello all... I am new to this forum and will introduce myself later, but I am freaking out... my water melons are dying... they get irrigated bi-daily and just last week they started to die... the little melons turned black and the plants are all spotted...any advice?...will post pics as soon as I figure out how.... Thanks in advance

TWC015
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Location: Jefferson Co., Arkansas

I don't know what is wrong based on the description. Others will probably help determine your problem.

I don't know your soil type but it sounds to me like you are watering too frequently. I've only watered my watermelons one time, and this was when they were younger. I also have not had much rain at all until very recently. Watermelons have a deep taproot and probably don't need such frequent watering.

I'd cut down on the watering and see if that helps.

dradis84
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pictures of problem plants

I have posted pictures on flickr... josequervo84 is my flickr

dradis84
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flickr address

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dradis84/

FieldofFlowers
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Location: MN, Zone 4a

My squash and cucumber plants get that problem too. Looks like some kind of mold on the leaves.

The wilting could be the mold attacking the roots or from over-watering, or bacterial wilt.

TWC015
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It looks like it may be anthracnose.

You could do a Google search "watermelon diseases" and that should help you determine what you have.

garden5
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It sound's like a fungal disease of some sort. Since I'm having trouble viewing your pics (my fault, not yours), I'll give you the resources and let you look judge for yourself what may be wrong.

[url=https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/southtex/info/watermelon.html]Watermelon Diseases[/url]

[url=https://gcrec.ifas.ufl.edu/watermelons/diseases/diseases.htm]More Watermelon Diseases[/url]

I hope this helps :).
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