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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
  • Melon flower
  • 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

11 Oct 18, Jo (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Planted watermelon seeds late last summer,didnt grow. Now they are sprouting but stem red colour after second leaf. Is this normal?
12 Oct 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Best tasting melons are grown in the spring here. I don't know about the red stem stuff. They will start picking them here in about a months time. I LOVE EM.
03 Oct 18, Benjamin Gabokhutle (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I am interested in farming and just finish cultivation of the field. I am wondering if I can plant Watermelon here, at the south Coast if Kzn, the soil is clay. Soil so I am not sure what type of soil to plant Watermelon, One other thing peanuts can I also plant them this season.
03 Oct 18, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Please note : "Gardenate is not a farming or commercial advisory service. For specific advice, please contact your local plant suppliers, gardening groups, or agricultural department. "
02 Sep 18, Murray freeman (Canada - Zone 6a Temperate Warm Summer climate)
What are sweetest watermelon that can be grown in 6a
18 Aug 18, Tammy (USA - Zone 10a climate)
What are the best garden layouts for melons tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers? Not sure what can grow next to what best
30 Apr 18, Sandy (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
I sowed my watermelon in mid summer and it's still growing. I'm wondering if it will actually fruit in Auckland this time of year. Should I leave it or remove and try again next summer?
17 Sep 18, Mike (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Plant earlier. If no fruit developing when it starts flowering check for bees. Should have fruit developing by 10-12 weeks. Hand pollinate if no bees.
08 May 18, Andrea (New Zealand - temperate climate)
It's frustrating, because the growth is promising, but it won't ripen any fruit that form in the cold weather. Rip it out and start again in spring : )
04 Apr 18, Sandy saunders (Australia - tropical climate)
Bought watermelon in bunbury recently will these plant still grow in bunbury climate
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