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What is the correct time to pick a watermelon?

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Watermelons begin to ripen in the summer approximately 80 days after planting the seeds. The plant tendrils and the outside color of the fruit���s rind are both good indicators of the proper time to pick a watermelon.

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When the tendrils around the fruit begin to die off, nutrients are no longer reaching the fruit and ripening is complete. A ripe watermelon has a duller surface, and any parts that were in contact with the ground turn a pale green or yellow. Gardeners can also test for ripeness by smacking the fruit with their palms. If the fruit makes a hollow sound, it is probably ripe. Not all ripe fruits make this sound, however.

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