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 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
  • 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

04 Sep 21, Harrison Brown (USA - Zone 10b climate)
I would like to know what type of fertilizers I can use to fertilizer my pigeon peas, corn, and watermelon plants?
07 Sep 21, (USA - Zone 4a climate)
A general garden fertiliser will do.
21 Aug 21, Sandra Carlton (USA - Zone 8b climate)
I have watermelon plants all over the garden lots of blooms but no fruit yet, they were planted mid July. In zone 8
23 Aug 21, Rosemary McElroy (USA - Zone 10a climate)
I wouldn’t worry unless the blooms drop. Did you plant them as plants or seeds?
07 Aug 21, Sandra Carlton (USA - Zone 8b climate)
How long does it take for watermelons planted in mid July in zone 8 to make watermelons?
09 Aug 21, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
The guide here says plant Mar April and you want to plant mid July. You will reduce your chances of producing good watermelons by planting out of the recommended guide. Yes it is only a guide here and your local weather pattern will have a big bearing on what kind of melon you produce. General rule of thumb is you plant early spring and then pick early summer for the best melons where I live - Queensland Australia. Read up or watch videos about growing and when to pick melons. It is weeks between the melon forming and being ready to pick.
09 Aug 21, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
It will take approximately 12-17 weeks
20 Jun 21, NSyed (USA - Zone 10a climate)
Is July too late to plant or transplant? Or should I wait for August. Wanted to get a plant or seeds as a late Father's day gift but thought I should ask. It can always get a birthday present in August
23 Jun 21, (USA - Zone 10a climate)
Probably too late.
16 Jul 20, Jodie (USA - Zone 9b climate)
My grandkids want to grow watermelon with the seeds from a fresh watermelon. It's mid July and we're in zone 9b in the Arizona desert. Thank you in advance. Happy planting!
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I have watermelon plants all over the garden lots of blooms but no fruit yet, they were planted mid July. In zone 8

- Sandra Carlton

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