Rootstock Effects on Plant Vigor and Watermelon Fruit Quality

  title={Rootstock Effects on Plant Vigor and Watermelon Fruit Quality},
  author={Angela R. Davis and Penelope M Perkins-Veazie},
Watermelon plants grafted onto rootstocks from squash or gourds were planted at Lane, Oklahoma. Weight, dimensions, and quality (SSC, firmness, lycopene content) of a seeded (Summer Flavor® 800) and a seedless (Summer Sweet® 5244) cultivar were measured. Watermelons from non-grafted plants weighed more than those from grafted plants. Fruit shape, determined by length, circumference, and their ratio, did not change significantly from fruit harvested from grafted and not grafted plants. Rind… CONTINUE READING
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