Soil

What soil is good for Watermelon?

 Rich, moisture retentive soil with plenty of compost mixed in.

Position

How much sun does Watermelon need?

Full sun

Frost Tolerant

Is Watermelon frost tolerant?

No

Spacing

How much space does Watermelon need?

Roughly 1m apart 

Planting

When should I plant Watermelon?

Watermelon is a warm season crop best planted in soil temperatures between 18.5 and 30°C (65–86°F). Watermelons are generally planted in spring once the danger of frost has passed. 

If transplanting seedlings, plant out in the early morning or evening and/or on an overcast day. Avoid planting at peak sun times or on windy days, this will allow your plants to settle in comfortably and protect them from windburn and sunburn. 

Feeding

What do I feed Watermelon?

 Regular application of organic fertiliser. 

Harvesting

When can I harvest Watermelon?

Watermelons are ready to harvest when the stalk near the melon withers and the melon can be pulled away easily. The underside of the melon which is touching the ground will also have turned yellow.

Pests

What pests does Watermelon get?

Aphids, Spider Mites, Thrips, Slugs, Snail, Squash Bugs, Cucumber Beetle, 28 Spotted Ladybug

Diseases

What diseases does Watermelon get?

 Mosaic Virus, Anthracnose, Powdery Mildew, Bacterial Wilt, Bacterial Leaf Spot, Phytophthora fruit and Crown Rot, 28 Spotted Ladybug

Notes

Is there anything else I need to know about Watermelon?

Watermelons can be grown along the ground or trained up a trellis or support system. If growing along the ground, mulch the area to control weeds and to prevent the fruit from touching the bare soil. 

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