Growing a vigorous patch of watermelons part 2

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Storage and Handling

Watermelons are not adapted to long storage. At low temperatures they are subject to various symptoms of chilling injury and loss of quality, and at high temperatures they are subject to decay.

Between 10 and 15 °C is a good compromise. Watermelons should be consumed within 2 to 3 weeks after harvest, primarily because of the gradual loss of crispness. Quality hybrids are able to keep longer.
Watermelons should not be dropped, thrown, or walked on, as internal bruising and flesh breakdown will occur.

Please note that this is only a guideline and should be used as such. Nuvance does not take responsibility for the accuracy of the information contained herein. Also, be aware that our climate conditions are continually changing and that regional and micro-climate conditions might affect the accuracy thereof.