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20 Dec 18 Kams (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi there, I am here in Auckland and recently have shifted my watermelon plant to a 15 Litre Pot, one of the prime reason being our ground is full of roots and generally found it difficult in the past 2-3 years for other plants growing. Do you think it is ok to proceed in the pot and can connect vine to multiple stakes? Kindly advice. Thanks
02 Jan 19 Mem (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi I grow watermelons and other melons in pots every year,it can certainly be done but the melons won't be as big.You will also need to take care that the soil doesn't dry out,but isn't soaked and to feed often.I add blood and bone,sheep pellets and worm castings to a mix of 50/50 compost and potting mix to the pot,use a curcubit feed once a week and a general liquid feed every 2 weeks.
21 Dec 18 Mike (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Plenty of people might do it but I wouldn't grow such a big plant in a pot full stop, no matter how big the pot. The nutrient and watering required. Think about raised garden beds with something between the ground and the bottom of the bed like wood pallets. Pallets on the ground - then weed matting and shade cloth - then small stones maybe - then garden soil about 5-600mm deep. Probably quite expensive but is probably the best solution. Could start small and add to the size of the bed/s in future years. Otherwise stick to growing small plants in pots.
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