When choosing watermelon, you need to determine its ripeness. From this indicator will depend on the taste of the pulp of watermelon and its safety for the human body.
Only a ripe watermelon is ripped from the garden, since it is not able to do it on its own.
The period of ripening of watermelon
To get a good harvest of watermelons, you needAlready in May to take care of the seedlings. When the plant has three leaves, it can be transplanted into an open ground or a greenhouse. This is usually the end of May or the beginning of June. From that period, you need to wait about 60 days. Only after this time can determine the ripeness of watermelon.
Of course, the number of days can vary byA greater or lesser degree depending on the weather conditions and the variety of the berries. If the summer was hot, then the first harvest will not take long. The size of the fruit does not yet indicate its ripeness, so you should learn to determine the maturity of the watermelon.
How to identify ripeness
Determine the ripeness of the green berries in the garden can beOn the skin. When the maturation process begins, it turns from matte to shiny. A good indicator of ripeness are scratches on watermelon. It remains from the beak of crows. Birds will not peck an immature watermelon. How they calculate this, it remains only to guess. To avoid damage to crops by birds, it is necessary to build a scarecrow. To prevent rerunning, or vice versa, not to break the green watermelon, you should pay attention to the stem. It should be dry.
Dry stems indicate that the watermelon has already absorbed all the nutrients and is now ripening.
Sound from tapping
You can turn the watermelon in the garden to findA small yellow side, which watermelon touched the ground. It will be an indication of the maturity of the watermelon. Practice is also the method of tapping. The truth is that you need to spend it several times in different periods of time. During the ripening period, all watermelons will produce a sonorous sound. Therefore, you need to knock on the watermelon, and then repeat it in a week and compare the sound volume. In a ripe watermelon the flesh bursts and because of this the sound will be somewhat muffled.
Green, immature watermelon also produces an empty, dull sound, so you should be especially careful.
In a ripe watermelon the crust is bright, with a distinctPattern and very stiff. If you can easily pierce it with a fingernail, then watermelon should not be torn off, let it still get ripe. The crust thickens to keep the moisture inside the fetus. When patting a ripe watermelon, it will even slightly spring.
In the middle zone of Russia is very riskyGrow watermelons, because anomalies with weather can lead to damage to the crop. But do not be disappointed at the first failure, probably next time it will be possible to grow this sweet berry in your region.