Growing Watermelon

Cucurbitaceae c. lanatus : Cucurbitaceae / the gourd family

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

(Best months for growing Watermelon in USA - Zone 7a regions)

  • S = Plant undercover in seed trays
  • T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings
  • 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

24 Dec 23, Olawale Kelani (Canada - Zone 3b Temperate Warm Summer climate)
Hi, Please, what is the best time to plant watermelon in New Brumswick, Canada? Thank you.
04 Oct 23, Anonymous (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
hi, trying to find seeds for the watermelon known as All Sweet Watermelon.
07 Oct 23, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
You may have to buy from Australia - or try google in NZ
19 Sep 23, Amanda (USA - Zone 8b climate)
I thought my watermelons had died off but in the beginning of this month (September) they decided to start growing again any chance they will actually survive or am I wasting my time?
20 Sep 23, Anonymous (USA - Zone 8b climate)
It does say plant Feb March.
12 Sep 23, Zakes (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Hi. I'm staying in Roodepoort, West of Johannesburg. I'd like to find out what type of watermelons that I can plant in this area. Secondly, what are the biggest and sweetest watermelon type that are suitable for the climate conditions of Roodepoort?. Kind regards Zakes Mahlangu Cell: 082 866 0937 (WhatsApp and Voice)
14 Sep 23, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Might be best to pick a variety you like.
05 Sep 23, Babsie (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
What makes watermelons to be sugarless
03 Nov 23, Bee-Pie (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
Watermelon is a desert plant and needs full sun. Watermelons need to produce a lot of leaves to make enough sugar to produce sweet fruit. To do this they need a constant supply of water. It could also be to a nutrient deficiency in your soil.
04 May 23, juan perez (USA - Zone 10a climate)
melons do they grow on the ground or trails
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