Hi there! This year, just for the heck of it, I grabbed one of those dixie cup looking things full of watermelon seedlings at a big box store and planted them with the rest of my garden. Think there must have been two or three plants, not at all sure what variety. Well, so far this year we have 4 melons - the long variety. I picked one a couple of weeks ago and its flavor was pretty good but it wasn't quite ripe enough yet. (the chickens however, loved it) I have 3 more of these monsters out there and I don't want to pick them before they are ready. How do I tell? :shrug: As I said, these are the oblong ones - about 20" in length and I'm not sure about diameter - but pretty big. Do you wait until the vine dies off like gourds? Does it just separate itself from the watermelon? Thanks!!