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Read this step-by-step guide to growing watermelon and reaping a very profitable yield!
Watermelon farming can be extremely profitable if done in a scalable way. Watermelon is also relatively easy to grow if you compare it to other summer crops like cucumber.
To help you produce juicy, huge, and delicious watermelons, we’ve created this step-by-step guide. Keep reading to find out more!
What time should watermelon grow?
Watermelon takes about 80-90 days to grow from seed and does not like the cold at all. Watermelon should only be planted when the soil has warmed to 70 degrees Fahrenheit and the nights are no longer chilly.
How long does it take for the watermelon to reach its normal size?
It takes about 80-90 days after sowing to grow a normal sized watermelon. Smaller sized watermelons such as Sugar baby can reach full maturity in about 70 days.
How to grow our watermelons?
The best method for growing watermelon is to plant the seed directly in warm soil. Before planting your watermelon seeds, amend the soil with at least 1-2 inches of compost.
Sow the seeds ½ inch deep in the ground in small rows or hills 26 inches apart.
How to prepare the soil for watermelon?
The most important thing to note when planting watermelons is that the soil must be very warm for the seeds to develop. The ground must be at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit before the watermelon can grow.
Watermelons also prefer soil with a pH of 6 to 7.5, the pH of average garden soils. Watermelons eat a lot to grow, so make sure your soil is rich in nutrients to ensure their quality. Use at least 1 to 2 inches of compost or well-rotted, rich manure in the soil before sowing.
Plant Care Tips:
Watermelons love the sun, so make sure they get at least 8-10 hours of sunlight per day.
Watermelons grow well with 1-2 inches of watering each week. Watermelons are 92% water, so make sure they are well watered for a good yield.
You can expect one or two watermelons per vine, in a healthy garden.
To harvest the melon, simply twist it gently until it breaks free from the vine. You also simply take a chisel or knife and cut the watermelon from the stem.
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