Question of the Week: Blossom End Rot

Last week the question was:  What is wrong with this watermelon?


There are two things wrong with this watermelon.  The first is blossom end rot.  This is a localized calcium deficiency that is usually caused by an inconsistent water supply.  The second problem is poor pollination.  This is what is causing the gourd-like shape to this watermelon.  To achieve good pollination and shape, each female flower needs about 1000 grains of pollen which is achieved from about 8 visits.  For more information on pollination, take at look at this page, and for more info on blossom end rot, look at this one.


Here is this week’s question:  How many individual fibers are in a cotton boll?


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