How to Grow Watermelon
How to grow watermelon. Crimson watermelons are very popular. These melons can grow up to 10kg (25lb). It has a nice crisp and firm flesh with the old fashioned sweet and juicy watermelon flavour. Crimson watermelons are great for slicing, in fruit salads, and for juicing. These take around 85 days to mature. It is better to purchase watermelon seeds rather then try and grow one from a store bought watermelon. Most of the watermelons sold in grocery stores are hybrids and will not grow true.
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Growing watermelon is relatively easy. They are native to Africa and Asia, so keeping that in mind watermelons require full sun and warm weather. When the soil temperature is above 70° F (21 C), directly sow the seeds half an inch deep. Watermelons do best in rich, moist, well-draining soil. If starting the seeds indoors, use peat pots that can be planted in the ground so as to minimize transplant shock. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. If you have clay soil, make raised beds with compost before planting. Rows should be about 2 meters (6 ft) apart and the plants spaced at 30 cm/a foot apart. Watermelons need a regular deep watering at least for the first 4 weeks while the vine is growing. When the vine starts to produce fruit, start to cut back on the watering. Crimson watermelons will mature in 85 days.
Crimson Sweet Watermelon.
Citrullus lanatus ‘Crimson Sweet’.
When to Sow: Spring.
Light conditions: Full sun.
Ease of Germination: Easy.