How to Plant Watermelon in 4 Simple Steps

How to grow watermelon

Would you love some fresh organic watermelon?

Are you looking to add watermelon to your garden?

Today in the mid-west, it has been a pleasant rainy day perfect for the tomatoes I’m waiting to harvest. It is also the perfect day to share 4 simple steps to planting watermelon.

Watermelon is the all-American summer fruit. In high school, I was on the cross country team and when we would go on long runs on hot summer days our coach would always have watermelon waiting for us. I remember it being such a refreshing treat.

Let’s take a look at how to plant watermelon in 4 simple steps.

  1. Chose A Great Location
    Depending on where you live will dictate how and where you want to begin planting. Here is what The Farmers Almanac recommends,

    If you live in warmer climates, you can directly sow seeds outdoors, but wait until the soil temperature warms to at least 70 degrees to avoid poor germination. Watermelon vines are very tender and should not be transplanted until all danger of frost has passed. (To be safe, wait at least two weeks past your last frost date.) If you are in a cooler zone, start seeds indoors about a month before transplanting.”

  2. Soil
    The soil pH levels are best at 6 – 6.8. Another great tip is to mix the soil with compost prior to planting.
  3. Planting In your garden, create hills or raised rows. You will want each row to be about 5 feet long and 2 feet wide per vine. If you are unable grow your watermelon in hills, that’s OK. Instead space your rows 6 feet by 6 feet.
  4. Water
    Install Rootsticks along with your watermelon vines. Rootsticks are direct to root watering system. While your watermelon is growing, the Rootstick will provide the oxygen, water, and nutrients your watermelon plants need to grow deep down into the soil. The deeper the roots of the watermelon plants grow, the stronger and juicier the watermelon.

The refreshing fruit does need daily warm temperatures of up to 80 and depending on the variety that you choose, it can take from 70 to 80 days until harvest. The final step is to enjoy watching your watermelons grow.

Have you ever tried to grow watermelons
? How did your experience turn out? Please let us know in the comments below.

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  • Onyedika April 17, 2017  

    Can watermelon plant in a buket or contener

    • Rootwell Products Inc. April 17, 2017  

      Hi Onyedika,
      Yes, a watermelon plant can be grown in a large bucket/container. We recommend a 5-gallon or larger size container and that the container you will be growing the watermelon plant in has sufficient drainage holes.