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Growing Watermelon

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(Best months for growing Watermelon in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 70°F and 95°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 24 - 30 inches apart
  • Harvest in 12-17 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Sweetcorn, Sunflowers
  • Avoid growing close to: Potatoes
  • Melon flower
    Melon flower
  • Watermelon
    Watermelon

Large, round or oval, smooth green skinned, delicious, sweet pink fleshed melon.

Some have stripes on the skin.

Some varieties will produce fruit up to 14 Kg (31 US pounds).

Harvest when the part in contact with the ground is turning yellow and the fruit sounds hollow when tapped.

Watermelon needs plenty of room to grow as it sends out long vines

Needs a long warm season to mature.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Watermelon

Cut up and eat in slices.
Use to make fruit drinks.
Use in fruit salads.

Your comments and tips

14 Sep 17, william (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Were can I find watermelons in limpopo
01 Sep 17, Coccinelle (Australia - temperate climate)
I have 1m square veg boxes. In one I've only planted a few pumpkin seedlings. Can i use the rest of the space to grow watermelon? Will they be compatible?
04 Sep 17, Darren (Australia - temperate climate)
In that space, you will only be able to grow 1 or 2 pumpkin or watermelon vines. Both require a lot of room.
04 Sep 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
A 1 square meter garden would only support about1- 2 pumpkin plants. Or only 1-2 water melons. About 3-4 cucumber plants. Just think how big the plants will grow and how much nutrient they will require.
17 Aug 17, Rodney A Dwight (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
What is the best soil condition water Mellon grow in was and best time to sow
18 Aug 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Sub tropical - plant them now. If frost is a problem grow in a pot for awhile. Water melons are usually picked before Xmas. Any reasonable soil - not a heavy clay or very sandy. Read up about how to grow them - google it. Plenty of water.
26 Jul 17, Mariam (USA - Zone 9b climate)
I stay near Orlando. I planted some watermelon seeds in a pot inside my house few days ago. Now 2 of them are growing in the pot. Then I don't know should I take the pot out and put it in the yard or keep it at home to grow. Also the pot is small, should I take the baby plants out and plant them in the yard? Thanks for your help.
13 Jun 17, Juan Crafford (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Is it neccessary to mulch my watermelon beds or can I plant the seeds without it. I live in North West
15 Jun 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Watermelons thrive with plenty of old manure and a good water supply. Mulch will help to retain water and keep the roots cooler.
21 May 17, Vikani (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
What kind of manure or fertilizer is good for watermelon in Durban, south africa
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