is it possible to grow squash and melons in containers?

kawaiineko_gardener(5a)March 29, 2009

I live in southwest Florida. I would like to know if it's possible to grow squash in containers; by squash I mean summer squash (yellow squash), zucchini, butternut, acorn and pumpkins.

I would also like to know if it's possible to grow

melons in containers; by melons I mean watermelon and cantaloupe.

Now I know it's not recommended that you grow melons and

squash in containers, simply because they take up lots of space with their growth patterns and traditional types vine.

However I have managed to find some bush varieties of

the above mentioned squash (zucchini, yellow, and butternut). I've also managed to find some bush varieties

of cantaloupe and watermelon.

If it's possible to grow them in containers, what is the size container I would need, and how many plants could I plant per container? (Please specify in gallons how big the containers would need to be).

Would I have to stake or train the vines like you would a tomato plant? If so, how? I am assuming via a trellis, but where would you put the trellis in relation to the container (behind it, to the side of it, etc.)

NOTE ABOUT THE LINKS: Don't know why, but for some reason you can't just click on the link and then it'll redirect you to that product page via opening a new website via opening a new window. You'll have to manually copy and paste the links into your webrowser (individually) and then press enter once you've done that. Then it should redirect to that product page.

Here are the links for the seed packets:

http://www.burpee.com/product/vegetables/melon/cantaloupe+honey+bun+hybrid+-+1+pkt.+(50+seeds).do

http://www.burpee.com/product/vegetables/watermelon/watermelon+bush+sugar+baby+-+1+pkt.+(25+seeds)+bush+sugar+baby+watermelon.do

http://henryfields.com/summer-squash-early-golden-crookneck-/p/12478/

http://gurneys.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_15036

http://www.burpee.com/product/id/101876.do?KickerID=100396&KICKER

http://www.burpee.com/product/id/101844.do?KickerID=100398&KICKER

http://www.burpee.com/product/vegetables/squash/acorn/winter+squash+bush+table+queen++-+1+pack+(25+seeds).do

Really stupid question, but with the yellow squash and

zucchini, these ARE bush-type (compact varieties) of seeds aren't they? Based on the product description it says they are, but no sure as I don't have no experience with growing

zucchini and summer squash as I've never grown them before.

One last question. Are these seed varieties suitable to be grown in a southern state like Florida that has a warm climate? It doesn't specify and/or recommend that these be grown exclusively in southern or northern states.

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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

Lots of info on this if you do a search.... Here's the last one I posted a picture in. BUT, you're really late for traditional summer squash in Florida zone 10, could grow either Tromboncino's or cucuzzi if you really want squash here in June or July....

Tom

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