Growing Watermelon from Seed to Harvest Posted on 03 Jan 15:21 , 2 comments
Mary's Heirloom Seeds offers several varieties of Watermelon.
|Golden Midget Watermelon|
Days to Germinate: 3-5 days
Days to Harvest: 65-85 days
Planting corn with your watermelon will provide shade for the plants during the hottest time of the day. Allow about a foot between the corn plants so the watermelon plants still receive enough sun.
Young melon plants are susceptible to insect invasion, especially cucumber beetles. Once the plants mature, they can tolerate some leaf loss due to insects, but keeping companion plants nearby helps control swarms of pests. Cass County Master Gardeners recommend marigold, oregano and nasturtium as companion plants for melons.
Diatomaceous Earth is a great organic tool to kill and deter pests.
Fertilize Watermelon as the vines begin to spread out and then again in a month. Use Mary's Organic Plant food and Organic Alfalfa Meal Tea for all-around, organic nutrients.
- Thump it. If the watermelon sounds hollow, it's ripe.
- Look at the color on the top. The watermelon is ripe when there is little contrast between the stripes.
- Look at the color on the bottom. A green watermelon will have a white bottom; a ripe melon will have a cream- or yellow-colored bottom.
- Press on it. If the watermelon sounds like it gives a little, it's ripe. (Rhodes doesn't like this method because it can ruin the quality of the fruit.)
- Check the tendril. If it's green, wait. If it’s half-dead, the watermelon is nearly ripe or ripe. If the tendril is fully dead, it's ripe or overripe; it’s not going to get any riper, so you might as well pick!
- Stems should be cut with a sharp knife close to the fruit.
- Watermelons can be stored uncut for about 10 days. If cut, they can last in the refrigerator for about 4 days. Wrap tightly in plastic.