HOW TO GROW WATERMELON

PLANTING:

  • If you live in a warmer area, you can sow seeds directly into the soil. Make sure the soil temperature is at least 70F.
  • If you live in a colder climate, start the seeds indoors about a month before transplanting.
  • Before transplanting, make sure ALL danger of frost has passed as watermelon vines are very tender and sensitive.
  • Amend the soil with aged manure, seaweed, or compost before planting. Watermelon love to feed, so make sure to keep them happy!
  • Space the seeds about two feet apart, and, if, possible, plant on a hill as this will retain moisture and heat.

CARE:

  • Mulch with plastic to keep the soil warm and hinder any weed growths.
  • Watermelon plants need about 1-2 inches of water per week. Make sure they're always moist, but not waterlogged.
  • Once fruit are growing, reduce watering. Dry weather will produce the sweetest of watermelon!
  • If you choose to fertilize, use a liquid seaweed fertilizer for best results.

HARVESTING:Watermelon do not keep ripening after they are picked, so it's important to know when to harvest!

  • Thump the watermelon: if it sounds hollow, it's ripe!
  • Check the color on top of the watermelon: it will be ripe when there is little contrast between the stripes.

Happy Planting!