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Growing Watermelon

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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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

Your comments and tips

20 Jan 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Probably the best thing to do is to buy heritage seeds that have been listed as originating in short season climates like Canada and the northern USA. They have a much shorter growing season. The other alternative is to wait until 2 or maybe 3 melons have formed and then cut all subsequent runners off to give the plant the most to put into those 2 or 3 melons. Trust this helps.
05 Jan 17, Teboho (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
If you do not have access to cow manure, but nitrogen rich fertilizers or otherwise, pour a mixture of 2 water and 1 urine on the plan has worked for me for more than five years
05 Jun 17, daphney (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
good day, Teboho i need assistant on growin watermelon please contact me on 0762666393 and assist
25 Oct 16, kelvin mutisya (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
which varieties of watermelon can do best in semi arid areas
03 Oct 16, kwakhe (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Water melon seeds What is the spacing in between when I planting them
27 Jul 16, jade walters (Australia - temperate climate)
watermelons are the best fruit I have ever had
12 Jul 16, Vuyo (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Where do I find seeds of watermelon, and how do i take care of my cabbadge it does not grow to a big size what chemicals can I use
06 May 16, Dale (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate) is a great online seed company for all melon types.
04 May 16, Susan Zulu (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Where in Johannesburg can I buy water melon seeds?
18 Apr 16, Ulanda Schmulian (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Try ordering yellow watermelon seeds from Livingseeds. Their service is amazing: They stock a good selection of watermelon varieties.
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