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 21°C and 35°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 60 - 75 cm apart
  • Harvest in 12-17 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Sweetcorn, Sunflowers
  • Avoid growing close to: Potatoes

Your comments and tips

05 Apr 09, Remi (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Hi, I live in Melbourne and it is early April and my family and I have started growing a vegie-patch and would like to know - is this the right time to start growing watermelon and pumkin?
06 Apr 09, Chris (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Remi, April is too late for melon and pumpkin in Melbourne. They need a long growing season (especially melon) and need starting in spring.
13 Apr 09, Nathalie (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I've been told that when the closest leaf dies the melon is ready to be picked. This is the same for all vine veggies and fruits. I have found that this 'rule' works
11 May 09, Crystal (Australia - temperate climate)
I have experienced growing watermelons and whoever told you that when the closest leave dies the melon is ready is right. Also, they take about 5-6 months to grow if you want big, juicy watermelons.
30 Jul 09, prue (Australia - temperate climate)
how many watermelons do you get from one plant?
16 Aug 09, kym (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
is there any chance of getting seedless watermelon plants?
23 Aug 09, Jenny (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
how many watermelon types are there?
06 Jan 10, Kaye (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
My melons are only getting to the size of a walnut and then dying. What is the problem please?
15 Jan 10, Gillian (Australia - temperate climate)
i am a first time watermelon grower and i can say wow, the plant (1 only) is going wild. Does anyone have tips on right fertiliser/care
25 Feb 13, Lachlan (Australia - temperate climate)
Yes, Gillian.... The RIGHT fertiliser for growing any fruit beautifully would be "MIRACLE" brand fertiliser ...You can easily get them from Bunnings.....Good LucK!!!
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