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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

Your comments and tips

24 Jun 19, Mike (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Is 8th July fine for planting in Bochum?
04 May 19, Patrck (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I am in Limpopp can I plant watermelom in May lts hot during the day and cold during the night
28 Jun 19, sello (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
no , try it in mid august , im from gauteng , we have almost the same weather pattern.
30 Apr 19, bella (Australia - temperate climate)
it doesn't have any sowing depth or distance or the proper months to plant
30 Apr 19, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Look up individual plants e.g. / for information on planting etc.
16 Mar 19, alastair (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I am going to try growing them in a glasshouse with heated soil . Are there any varieties more suited to this approach?
07 Mar 19, Lea (New Zealand - temperate climate)
am in north canterbury, growing watermelon in glasshouse, didnt have success outdoors, but one in glasshouse has 5 melons of different sizes on it so hopeful , one getting quite large
10 Nov 19, Krystal (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
Hi Lea, I’m in Rangiora. I’ve got some beautiful watermelon seedlings growing. So glad I’ve come across your post as I was going to plant outdoors. How did your watermelon end up going in the glasshouse? Will you grow again?
01 Mar 19, Lemeze Hartley (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Can watermelon seeds be planted in March as its still very warm in Cape Town
13 Mar 19, Donovan (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Yes you may but there's a good chance that the seeds will take longer to sprout or not sprout at all. I still think it's worth taking a chance. I'm seeding mine in Saturday and hope for the best.
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Do you have to have a male and female watermelon together for them to bear

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