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Growing Watermelon

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
T               S   T T

(Best months for growing Watermelon in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings

  • 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

11 Mar 20, Sandra (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Help, I planted some watermelon seeds and they have grown so well. Sadly there 13 plants that are so close together in the same pot, I now to worried if I move and replant them they will die. What should I do!
11 Mar 20, Anon (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Take the time to read how to grow things, like how far between plants, between rows, then plant seeds/seedlings accordingly. There is a reason for that, it gives the plant enough soil area to draw the nutrients to grow. The best time to transplant is when the plant is at about the 4-6 new leaf stage or in some cases about 4-6 weeks after germination. The longer you leave it the bigger the transplant shock or death. You be the judge.
01 Mar 20, Kerrie (Australia - tropical climate)
A few weeks ago I harvested the last of my watermelon. I lost a few due to the rain and too much water. I live in the coastal area of Brisbane. A few plants have self seeded, is it too late for them to bare fruit ?
02 Mar 20, Another gardener (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
My first time growing them this time of year. Mine are just starting to send runners out and I feel I maybe a bit late. The farmers around here (Bundy) planted out seedlings about a month - 6 weeks ago. You could try, depends on what the late Autumn early Winter is like, warm or cool.
24 Feb 20, Juliet (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
Can it get too hot for watermelon plant to survive Tauranga NZ, weather gowing over concrete pavers and river stones ?
25 Feb 20, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Growing them over concrete or river stone could do damage to the vines if it is very hot.
14 Jan 20, Dale gibson (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Hi there ,I planted my watermelon seed in early November and surprisingly they germinated within 2 to 3 weeks ,..6 weeks on an the growth is very is mid January 2020 I live tolaga bay east coast nz climate is warm and hopefully will continue threw to march ...have I left it to late.. let me no. regards
15 Jan 20, Another gardener (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I'm sub-tropical Qld - they plant seedlings here late august and pick the melons up until Xmas. Planting later leaves you wide open to heavy rain, hot weather. A lot of rain when the melons are fully developed and they can/will split. Water melon seeds I threw in the garden in Oct germinated within 2-3 weeks. Here you can grow a spring and autumn crop. I would suggest you planted too late. If not growing I don't think the soil is very fertile.
07 Jan 20, Alice Mukondyo (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
can red melon be found in Sa all year round???
09 Jan 20, Anon (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Are you asking about the seeds or the melon to buy.?
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Hi. I am in Herkpoort, in the South of Johannesburg. Can I plant watermelons late November? Where can I get seedlings in GAuteng.

- Dumi

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