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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

Your comments and tips

26 Dec 19, Phoebe (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I have a watermelon growing and setting teeny baby fruit but they all wither and drop off within a week of setting. Any ideas?
30 Dec 19, anon (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Sounds like you have no bees to pollinate the female flower. Do it by hand. (With a soft artist's brush or use a male flower)
15 Dec 19, Puiti (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Can I grow watermelon in Te Kuiti?
17 Dec 19, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
You should be able to grow watermelon, if you start them early in pots or trays undercover. Have a look here
18 Nov 19, Bickie Mbenge (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Hi Which sweet large watermelon do you recommend for me. I want to start watermelon farming. Please recommend seeds name. Regards
19 Nov 19, anon (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I suggest you phone your agricultural department and ask. Generally it comes down to what kind of melon you want to grow, seeded, seedless, big, small. Check out a few internet seed selling companies also and read up about the different varieties.
16 Nov 19, Anne Hay (Australia - temperate climate)
What sort of of soil should be used for growing watermelon. Should they be grown in the sun or shade and what do you feed them please.
18 Nov 19, Another gardener (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Any reasonable soil just not heavy clay soil. In the sun and any general vegie fert. If you prepare your soil well before planting by adding compost, manures, organic fert, inorganic fert, then that is enough to grow the crop. I have never used any of these soil enhancing products. If you grow pretty good crops without them why waste money putting all that stuff on.
06 Nov 19, Imran Mbongzee (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Hello please can I plant watermelon in December am in jhb
12 Nov 19, Another gardener (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Hi I'M from Australia. I comment on Aust and NZ Gardenate questions. This website tells you when to plant and provides information about growing the crop. If there is not enough info here go onto GOOGLE and search. Check the calendar about when to plant - it is that simple. Or find a plant on the Vegetables and herbs tab. (Find your zone on the Climate zone tab, then make sure that is showing at the top of the plant page to get the correct information for your area)
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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.

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