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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

Your comments and tips

06 Jan 18, khalil (USA - Zone 12a climate)
hi, please i need best F1 watermelon, tomato, cucumber & squash seeds growing well in USDA Zones 11b - 12a ( very hot climates and dry ) thanks
10 Dec 17, mahlatsi j mokone (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I plant my carolinacross watermelon on 20nvember 2017 it ryte time or wat?
09 Dec 17, Sarah Gumede (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I am in Nkomazi around Nelspruit and I want to plant watermelon. Today is the 10 of December. Where can I get them meaning the seeds. I would like to have the seedless type. Can I still plant them
29 Nov 17, Toni (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Has anyone growen watermelons in Wellington?
28 Dec 17, Uta (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I'm growing them for the first time, in Manawatu. So far with the heat and sun we've been having they're doing well. But they'll need a long season, so fingers crossed. My first transplant died in the wind, so shelter is important, in Wellington too :-)
26 Jan 18, Sally (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I’m in the Manawatu also and have 5 watermelons on my plant, never had success before, it’s been so hot that I’m thrilled to have fruit!! Hope yours have been a success too.
26 Nov 17, Jilly (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I would.like to know why lately a lot of supermarket watermelons are rubbery and soft in texture?? ..ugly to eat..not lovely and crisp
18 Oct 17, Micheal Ntisetsang (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I've planted watermelon on 09/09/17 and it is still developing vines and they are 50 to 60 cm long but surprisingly they are flowering at the same time pls advise on what to do
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?
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Watermelons are like pumpkins and do well with plenty of manure and water. Before you plant them dig a hole as deep as you can without going into the hard clay. Put some old newspapers or denim jeans in the bottom of the hole and then add as much old rotted animal manure and household scraps into the hole. Cover the hole in the the topsoil leaving a mound. When it is time to plant the seeds in the mound and give them a good watering. Your watermelons will grow well and the newspaper or old jeans will help hold water.

- John

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