Watermelons failing!

by Jim
(U.S.)

I just started doing this. Have not had great success. I have been trying to grow watermelon. The plants start fine, grow to about 3-4" then the leaves get curled on the ends and some brown spots. then they just seem to stop growing. some more leaves may apear but then after a bit they get brown spots too. I am using a 5 gal bucket system with aerator.
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Answer from Stella/Simon:
Jim,
Hi and welcome aboard! Despite your problems with the watermelons, I know you will prevail and find hydroponics a fun and rewarding pastime.

I have to admit that I have never grown watermelons hydroponically, as they need a lot of room to vine out. Hydroponics is best suited to bush varieties and compact plants. I will say that I believe there is a problem with your nutrient solution. Is it pumped up over the roots continually? Are the roots totally submerged down into the solution? Have you checked the pH of the nutrient solution? What brand are you using? What is the temp of the nutrient solution?

You see, there are a lot of variables that might be causing the problem. I took the liberty of posting this to our Hydro Forums in the hopes that someone else may have experienced your situation and may have a solution.
Hope this helps, feel free to write back with more information if needed.

PS: I think you might have better luck with a bush variety of cucumbers or tomatoes, etc.

Regards,
Stella

Hope this helps!

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