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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 70°F and 95°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 24 - 30 inches 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

06 Nov 19, Imran Mbongzee (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Hello please can I plant watermelon in December am in jhb
04 Nov 19, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
What fertiliser do you use and where do you put it. Also how often do you water?
05 Nov 19, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
It is best to prepare your soil and add the fertiliser (compost, manures, in-organic fert , organic fert) when preparing it unless you want to use these soil enhancers that have very little NPK.
05 Nov 19, anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Most veges just need an all round fertiliser. Leafy veges a bit more N, fruity/root veges a bit more P/ K. Read up about what N P K does in the soil. that will determine what you put on. But it is impossible to go and buy 20 different fertilisers for 20 different plants. I buy the same fertiliser to fertilise all my vegetable, lawn and shrubs. Also look at crop rotation. A leafy crop will take the N out, so you might plant a root crop after. When plants are very small they need a light watering each day, as they grow you can water less often but put more water on. Plants half grown need watering each 2-3 days. The amount depends on how big that plant grows. You would water lettuce a lot less than 1.8m high tomatoes. I water 3 days a week.
23 Oct 19, Dumi (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Hi. I am in Herkpoort, in the South of Johannesburg. Can I plant watermelons late November? Where can I get seedlings in GAuteng.
13 Oct 19, Mokone j mahlatsi (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Hi can you assist with black diamond watermelon and citrulus lanatus Carolina cross How must I plant and grow ? Thank you
23 Sep 19, jamie clodial (Australia - tropical climate)
what are the harvesting conditions to grow watermelon
30 Sep 19, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Are you growing them or harvesting them?
07 Sep 19, Midda (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Afternoon, please i need advice about the watermelon, how to produce the sweetest watermelon. At what time of the year. Thank you
10 Jul 19, Khathutshelo (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
How many watermelons can I keep per plant and still retain good size and quality?
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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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