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Growing Watermelon

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

(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

23 Nov 18, Joyce (USA - Zone 9b climate)
Do you have to have a male and female watermelon together for them to bear
18 Nov 18, Lorraine Johnstone (Australia - temperate climate)
We have been advised to grow and eat yellow watermelons. This actually means blending the entire melon, skin, etc as well, and drink/eat. It's apparently very good for you. Plan to take out the pips and dry them. Has anyone done this, or can anyone please advise how to go about growing? I am awaiting receipt of the seeds. Thanks in advance.
18 Nov 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Difference between red and yellow - yellow is sweeter and red has heaps of antioxidants - yellow has little or none. Melons are grown in the spring - in sub tropical and temperate you would be picking them now to mid Jan. You can also grow them late summer into autumn - don't taste as good I reckon. The skin can be used for pickling and relish. If you really need whatever is in the yellow you may need to source it from somewhere else as you would only have melons for a few months of the year. Read up about growing them.
23 Oct 18, Debra (New Zealand - temperate climate)
wanting to grow melons this year, I am in North Canterbury any hints for success welcome, am I too late to sow seed ?
25 Oct 18, Mike (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Have a go. Probably need plenty of water later. If not very successful, plant earlier next year - early Sept.
22 Oct 18, Tracy smith (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I have done watermelon seeds in September month & they have come up & r doing well so har. When is the best time to plant them in the ground they r about 1 inch high each I have 4 of them
23 Oct 18, Mike (New Zealand - temperate climate)
When they have produced a good root system. Wait until they have several leaves. Important to keep as much soil in contact with the roots as possible when planting out. Try and protect them from the sun for the first week. In future plant in a little pot like a 500 gm margarine container with a few holes in the bottom to let water drain out. When they are about 3-4 weeks old plant out. If no frosts you can plant directly into the soil.
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.
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