Growing Watermelon in the Backyard
Growing Watermelon in the Backyard
How to Grow Watermelon in the Backyard
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Watermelon is a warm season crop grown when soil temperature reaches 70 degrees and air temperatures are between 70 – 90 degrees. They like well drained and organic rich soil with a PH level between 6 – 6.8 .
Watermelon requires 1 -2 inches of water a week.
Requires a fertilizer ratio of 5-10-10 . You want to side dress the plant once the vines start taking off. Make sure to have your soil tested so you know what you are working with. If you have too much nitrogen, all you will be growing are leafs and vines.
Common Pests: the cucumber beetle, mites, and aphids.
Common Diseases: Powdery Mildew, Fusarium Wilt, and Gummy Stem Blight.
On average, a watermelon takes 90 days from planting to harvesting.
How to tell if a watermelon is ripe. Look at the tendril adjacent to the stem of the melon, if it’s brown and dry, the watermelon is ready to pick. There is also a small spoon like leaf where the stem and vine meet, if that is brown, the watermelon is ready to pick.
Thank you for the good advice. I am in the early stages of growing and live in South Florida which now we have searing heat but having good luck at the moment. Relentless pursuit. I am a veteran. Thank you for your service sir!
To help prevent aphids, prevent ants.
This tip applies to all watermelons if you want a sweet watermelon every time you have to wait till it actually gets her really ripe if you pick it when it’s green and you think it’s ripe nope it’s great with a watermelon you have to wait until you see the sugars coming out of the watermelon and how you observe that is that you see something called lacing on the outside of your watermelon which looks like a whole bunch of ugly squiggly lines like spider webs all over the watermelon another words wait till your watermelon looks ugly when it’s starting to look like it’s got all these weird ugly lines on it that means that watermelon is nice and ripe and sweet sweet as it’s going to be so if you can wait that long try that don’t wait till the stem is turning yellow or brown no let that watermelon stay on that vine until the sugar start exploding out of the watermelon lines called lacing and it’s true it should have a yellow spot on the bottom of your watermelon I know I grow watermelons for a living just try it you’ll like it enjoy.
Also i have been reading some stuff about how i should keep the growing watermelons shaded as they grow… any thoughts and/or advice??? Thank you and great video!
I have a watermelon plant this year and we are zone 9. We live in Sacramento. I have a ton of baby watermelons growing on every vine and some we can’t even see. Should I take some of them off?
I tried to grow watermelons but unfortunately the ants killed my crops somehow they cut off the plants which leads to their demise
Good evening, I have been growing a watermelon plant in my backyard and have ran into an issue. I planted it about 2 months ago and the plant has grown non-stop. The last couple of days I noticed that where the stems are coming out of the soil are starting to turn brown and thin out. Leaves are starting to dry up and die off. The rest of the plant is still very green and growing. What could be the cuae of this? I have not had my soul tested. I am a beginner in gardening so I’m sure I’m making some mistakes here. Thanks in advance.
Thanks for sharing.
Very informative. Do you prune your vines?
Thank you for the good advice
Very informative video, sir. Nicely done. I dig how you have your bed set up with the branches. –brian
this is a lecture and we are looking for real practice how to grow watermelon
Great video, go Army…
They are heavy feeders. I am growing Sweet Siberian this year. 85 days for our Canadian climate.
So are the sticks for like a cradle for the watermelons as they grow? First time growing fruits and veggies and i was told i should put hay under them or something but sticks seems easier for me to get in my yard haha so im thinking im going to start gathering if thats what you are using them for.
You just helped me a lot. My one plant has a load of dried up dead flowers and a bunch of stems missing their flowers. I worried it was because of the 95°+ temp days with extremely high humidity. My other plant had already started to set fruit before the 4 days of tempts fro, hell. So it’s still doing well. My question is..Will the plants set new flowers?
Great video, thank you.
Awesome vid, will help me a lot in the coming weeks with my watermelon!
Excellent video very thorough. Enjoyed it thank you for the information
Good informations. Thank you
Cool! Thank you, awesome video!
Thanks very informative
Great tips right to the point
I’m a melon grower I love that that’s all right great job
Fantastic tips!!! Thank you!
Awesome video, thank you. I liked the tip on baking soda to prevent mold.
Great video.Thank you for sharing..
which natural fertilizer should l put in my watermelon me l putted grass when my watermelon when my watermelon we not yeat grown
Some watermelon are from the South West USA,fact