Prevent cantaloupe from splitting

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Q: I have planted cantaloupe. They have reached golf ball sizes – the problem is that they are splitting.


Split cantaloupe could be caused by overwatering, inconsistent watering or potassium deficiency. Dig furrows around the plant to at least 15 cm deep to allow for deeper watering. This is especially important during the long, hot stretches from flowering time to fruit development.

Also, apply a thick layer of coarse mulch [e.g. 10 to 15 cm (4 to 6 in)] but not so that it touches the main stem to ensure you maintain consistent moisture.