Growing conditions for watermelons include lots of sunshine during the day and warm nights. Watermelon is a warm season fruit loved by just about everyone. They are great sliced, in fruit salads, and the rind is even used hollowed out as a serving basket or bowl. On a hot summer day, nothing tastes ...
Yes, you can grow watermelons from a pot. The trouble with this process is that the watermelon plant grows like a vine. So, make sure your pot is low to the gorund so that the watermelon plant can ...
Where Is Watermelon Grown in the World? Watermelons grow in warm climates, but they can also be nurtured in cooler temperatures, according to VegetableGardener.com. The watermelon's origin remains unclear, but Southern Italy and Africa are suspected to be the fruit's original homes.
The watermelon is a flowering plant that originated in northeast Africa, where it is found growing wild. Citrullus colocynthis has sometimes been considered to be a wild ancestor of the watermelon; its native range extends from north and west Africa to west India.
Growing watermelon in the home garden is a cinch — if you have the right conditions and you choose the best watermelon type. Watermelons are native to Africa and thrive in warm, moist conditions. They need at least 90 sunny, warm days to mature, and large picnic types can take up to 130 days to ripen.
Choose the variety of watermelon you want to grow. These fruits come in sizes ranging from 3 pounds to over 70 pounds (1.3kg to 32kg), and with either red, orange, or yellow flesh. Jubilee, Charleston Grey, and Congo are large, cylindrical varieties, while Sugar Baby and Ice Box are two smaller, globe shaped types.
Soil. Watermelon grows best in fertile, well-draining, sandy loam soils. Most soils benefit from incorporating a few inches of organic compost before planting, and perhaps some fertilizer as well.
Sometimes there aren’t enough bees or other pollinators to do a good job (but sounds like you have plenty). Other times, it could be due to growing/weather conditions that cause problems. Or, if you have a seedless type of watermelon, you will need to plant a seeded type nearby for pollination, or fruit will not develop.
For best nutrient uptake, the soil pH should be between 6 and 6.8, although the plants will tolerate a pH as low as 5. Give watermelon vines plenty of room to roam, which usually means spacing plants 3 to 5 feet apart. After planting, cover seedlings with floating row covers to keep out insects and trap warm air near plants.
Don't start seeds any earlier, because large watermelon seedlings transplant poorly. Plant 3 seeds in 3- or 4-inch peat pots or large cell packs, and thin to the best plant. Sow watermelon seeds 1/2 inch deep. Place in a sunny south-facing window or under lights to germinate.