Potting up watermelon seedlings...how deep?

edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)April 19, 2012

I'm potting up some watermelon seedlings. Do I need to maintain the natural soil level, or can I bury them deeper? There's about 4" of stem showing and they're on their second set of true leaves. Thanks.

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Remove the proximal leaves and bury the cutting deep - so just the distal leaves are above the soil line. You'll get a much healthier root system. I do tomatoes, peppers, cukes ...... like that, too.


    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 2:00PM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

Al, thanks. Yeah, I knew about tomatoes and peppers, but wasn't sure about watermelons. I've got watermelons and muskmelons. The muskmelons have stayed short, but the watermelons germinated and immediately shot about 4" out of the ground. Must be how they grow, because I germinated about 6 different types and they all did the same thing. Thanks again.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 2:29PM
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