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predictor, of fruit maturity ( Kano et al., 2008 ; Young et al., 1993 ). A number of subjective systems have been used by growers, including ground spot yellowness, senescent tendril next to the fruit pedicel, change in fruit wax (loss of shine), and

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Reeves, 2003 ). G . superba is native to the tropics of Africa and Asia ( Nordenstam, 1998 ). The plants show a climbing habit and have sessile leaves with a tendril at the tip. The flowers are pendulous and yellow, red, purplish, or variously

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. Ripeness was more difficult to identify with ‘Extazy’, so harvest was initiated 10 d later in 2016 (82 d after transplanting), and fruit were scouted for an additional senescent tendril proximal to the crown from the fruit ( Vinson et al., 2010 ). Fruit of

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-green stripes become intense yellow ( Paris et al., 2012 ). We have demonstrated previously that the best apparent ripening indices for dudaim melons are the color change of stripes and tendril condition (yellow or dry tendril), and the recommended internal

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, circumference, number of proximal senescent tendrils, and hunter a groundspot values were determined for each watermelon. Internal ripeness indicators, percent soluble solids, pH, sugar : acid ratio, and lycopene were also measured for each melon. Using the

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physiological changes in ‘Valdoria’ and ‘Vanessa’ personal-sized watermelons such as number of proximally located senescent tendrils, fruit weight, fruit circumference, and groundspot color change were observed to determine their efficacy in signaling adequate

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