THE WATERMELON CHALLENGE……

THE WATERMELON CHALLENGE

For those in the challenge,and those following the progress

As we prepare to plant the seeds,some advise to ensure we get good fruits.

MAIN POINT:WATERMELON FEMALE FLOWERS ARE VIABLE FOR ONLY 1 DAY!

Mishapen fruit

This is a fruit disorder refered to ‘’mishapen fruit’’

Most of the farmers who experience the problem will have earlier on in the production program:

  • Either used  heavy chemicals eg class 1 in their crop protection programs especially at the criucial stage of plant flowering and fruiting-this detered  the pollinators from visiting the farm or killed the pollinators
  • Either done a high plant population per Ha(in the spirit of wanting more fruits per Ha!) thus affecting both the inter and intra row spacing-this had an impact on the pollination efficiency by the bees as most of the female flowers could be hidden such that by the end of the one viable day,the pollinator will not have efficiently/uniformly spread the pollen into the female flower

……..What esle could be the cause????

Do you have any different experience?  see page 2

2 replies
    • dennis
      dennis says:

      Antony,
      blackening is a broad description and i would be glad if we got a pgoto of the problem for our replies.
      on abortion,it may be as a result of several factors inclusive of
      1.pests eg thrips
      2.lack of the required elements eg boron
      3.hormornal imbalance ie auxins and cytokinins i the plant
      4.overbearing ,wich results to fruit number control through abortion
      5.poor watering regime
      understanding your management regime of the current crop will help identify the cause of the problem for you to solve it .
      kindly feel free to share with us the program and the tentatve cause among the listed for our guide
      regards
      lead Agronomist
      info@agroinfokenya.com

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