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Growing Watermelon

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07 Jul 10 Noo Noo (United Kingdom - warm/temperate climate)
Hi all, I want to grow watermelon on the south coast of the UK as I have aquired a plot of land for an allotment. I want to grow the pink flesh and green outer type but as I can not import seeds from Australia I am taking them from a shop purchased melon from god knows where and want to know what to do with the seeds do I put them in water or dry them and put them in the airing cupboard (I know that sounds silly) but you would be suprised what can be grown in one. any ideas. Thanks
21 Aug 10 Susan Chambers (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Hi, You need to get your seeds from a repretable organinc supplier, the watermellon is a tropical plant so growing it in your airing cupboard is not a bad idea, a glasss house too should be benifitial in summer. the seeds need to be dried then planted in seed mix.once they have grown to planting size, grow them in good compost, I am trying to go over to a no did policy. My watermellons did no good last year. but as I said they are tropical fruit and grow better in Queensland and the N.T. than Vic,but a good summer helps
09 Jul 10 Natalie (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
If the melon is a non hybrid I don't think you would have any problems. I would buy a melon from an organic grocer, would then hopefully be not a hybrid. Dry the seeds out before planting. Plant where you want it to grow. And cross fingers. Would love to hear if you have any success. I have grown melons from seeds - they just seem to pop up out of the compost. So don't see why it wouldn't work, but you never know.
11 Jul 10 Noo Noo (United Kingdom - warm/temperate climate)
Thanks Natalie will try the organic ones and also the seeds I have and yes crossed fingers. If I manage to do it I will let you know. Cheers.
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