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!
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