Adverse environmental conditions

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Darkened spots may occur on smooth-fleshed melons where excess salts accumulate as a result of moisture excretion from the fruit epidermis. Excess soil moisture favors excretion.

Careful attention to irrigation frequency and duration during the later stages of fruit development is important.

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Publication Revised July 2009

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