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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

06 Feb 19, Cherry (New Zealand - temperate climate)
If you pick a watermelon early and its greenish, is there any way to ripen it up without throwing out to the chickens
06 Feb 19, Mike (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Read up about when to pick them.
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?
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?
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Probably the best thing to do is to buy heritage seeds that have been listed as originating in short season climates like Canada and the northern USA. They have a much shorter growing season. The other alternative is to wait until 2 or maybe 3 melons have formed and then cut all subsequent runners off to give the plant the most to put into those 2 or 3 melons. Trust this helps.

- John

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