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Post  newbeone on 5/13/2017, 12:51 pm

As I have never tried to grow watermelons before and mine are a little over the size of a softball now and the packet says they will grow to about 25 lbs. I'm starting to think about rigging up some sorta sling, anyone with a good idea for slinging watermelons?  Every time I think of a 25lb. melon hitting the ground from 5-6' up it brings Humpty Dumpty to mind.
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Post  sanderson on 5/13/2017, 2:08 pm

I'm thinking that big watermelons should be allowed to wander on the ground instead of slinging. Same with "pumpkins". There was a thread with ideas but I don't remember the title. I personally don't sling anything.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 5/15/2017, 11:12 am

You could put it in one leg of panty hose tied to the top of the trellis and it will ease itself to the ground as it gets bigger. I can't grow melons so this is just a theory.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/15/2017, 7:00 pm

I would let those babies sprawl.  Too big IMHO.
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Post  has55 on 5/15/2017, 7:43 pm

@newbeone wrote:As I have never tried to grow watermelons before and mine are a little over the size of a softball now and the packet says they will grow to about 25 lbs. I'm starting to think about rigging up some sorta sling, anyone with a good idea for slinging watermelons?  Every time I think of a 25lb. melon hitting the ground from 5-6' up it brings Humpty Dumpty to mind.
Just got back a few hrs ago from San Antonio, Tx. Celebrated Mother day with my 86 young Mom. 
newbeone, 2014 and 2015,  I had my small melons on trellis with bra and pantyhose slings. They produce fair. Last year I tried the pruning mehod by mittlider method and allowed them to grow on the ground. It was a lot of work because I didn't realize a single plant can put out so many runners. I finally took Sanderson advice and let them sprawl. This was the best method. I had many, many melons like sugar baby and the large yellow and red meat type of melons. That is the method I using this year. My melon plants are just starting. too many projects and still repairing from the tornado 2 years ago.
here's that thread-The SFG Journey-How Do You Know When Watermelons Are Ripe?
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Post  newbeone on 5/18/2017, 6:41 pm

Thanks to All for Your Help! Sanderson, I'm to far gone or the vines are for this year I will try Your method next year, Hass thanks for the video on how to tell when a watermelon is ripe and your pictures of the beautiful yellow watermelon. I just went out and took this picture of my trials so far I saved the onion bags tied some carpenters string on two sides and slipped it over the melon so far so good  They are Crimson Sweet the package says 80 days to harvest, I set these out on March 1, as  transplants the soil was 68* a little cool for watermelon Next year I will just plant seed outside. Oh! and the pantyhose well that's another story I will just say I don't have access to any.
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Post  has55 on 5/18/2017, 8:37 pm

awesome picture. Looks great.
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