Watermelon is a fussy plant, but with the right climate, these fertilizers and this high-density planter, you can grow hundreds of big beautiful watermelon.
Watermelon is thought to have originated from the deserts of central Africa. Others believe that it is an ancient vegetable from the “Garden of Eden” in Mesopotamia.
Watermelon is a heat loving plant that requires at least 12 hours of sunlight with temperatures above 85 degrees for 80 consecutive days to form fully mature watermelon. To size properly, watermelon should receive regular intervals of water once a day and twice during the hot summer months. You can speed up watermelon growth rates by applying regular dressings of well-fertilized loam soil combined with organic humus once every two weeks once the plants begin to flower.
Growing Watermelon In Containers
Watermelon is normally not a great candidate for garden containers because watermelon have large, extensive root systems that soon crowd the pot, choking the plant. Even some of the largest pots are too small to grow watermelon. However, there is a garden planter on the market that is able to accommodate the fibrous root systems of watermelon plants.
Companion Planters™ actually feed watermelon roots which reduces their tendency to spread in search of food. In fact, watermelon plants grow so well; you can plant many more plants using a single planter. The special features of this technology, allow gardeners to plant as many as 32 watermelon plants in one Companion Planter™.
Growing watermelon with a Companion Planter™ requires a different growing technique than would be normally be used in the garden. Be sure to cover the ground with a weed barrier that is at least 20 feet square. The weed barrier will do 2 things; eliminate the need for weeding and attract the heat of the sun because of its black color. To ensure an even spread of watermelon vines, place the Companion Planter™ at the center of the weed barrier and don’t forget to secure the weed barrier to the ground with ties at each corner so the wind does not lift it and blow it away.
Watch the video below and learn how to grow several different types of watermelon including Seedless Watermelon, Charleston Gray Watermelon and Moon and Stars Watermelon in a Companion Planter™.
|How To Grow Watermelon Using a Companion Planter™
Make Gardening Soil For Watermelon
Garden soil is an important consideration if gardeners want to grow watermelon plants in a container. In order to achieve this, the soil must drain well and be slightly acidic. When planted on heavy earthen or clay soils, the plants develop slowly, and fruit size, quantity and quality are typically inferior. Fine sand based soils produce the highest quality and the largest number of watermelons particuarily if provided with adequate fertilizer and water.
Watch the video below and learn how to mix the right amount of sand and soil together to grow larger, sweeter tasting watermelons.
|How To Make Garden Soil For Growing Watermelon
How To Grow Watermelon
How to grow watermelon including why we suggest adding a weed barrier as a ground cover and why you should start with transplants rather than seeds particularly if your gardening season is short. Watermelon needs a long, hot and humid growing season to reach maturity. Here are two things that you can do to shorten the season if you live in a not so perfect climate zone.
Add A Weed Barrier
Surround the Companion Planter™ with at least a 20-foot by 20-foot area of black plastic weed barrier. The black color will reflect the heat from the sun to great benefit to the plants and virtually eliminate the need for any weeding.
If your local nursery has the types of watermelon you want, then it is preferred that you buy them from them rather than starting with seeds. Seeds need warm soil to germinate and take at least 4 to 6 weeks before they match the age of a transplant. Transplants will give you a 1 or 2 month start.
How To Tell If A Watermelon Is Ripe
Look for the curly tendril closest to the melon at the vine end. When it dries up and dies back, your watermelon is ready to pick.
Smell Ya Later
Believe it of not, all watermelons do not smell the same. In fact, next time you’re at the supermarket or harvesting one from the garden; smell a few before pick or buy. The one with the strongest fragrance will have the most flavor.