Pics from Container watermelon

ericjwi(9)May 9, 2009

Smaller variety

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justaguy2(5)

Looking very healthy! Why are there 2 PVC pipes? Is that the 5-1-1 mix?

    Bookmark   May 9, 2009 at 7:31PM
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aaaaaaaa(6)

Nice picture. Healthy looking. I am planning to grow sugar baby WM in EB. Does the vines grow too big? I have a very small yard!!

Yeah, why to pipes?

    Bookmark   May 9, 2009 at 8:17PM
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ericjwi(9)

Other one is bamboo was supposed to be support but it went the other way. Thats what it is sugar baby.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2009 at 9:30PM
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ericjwi(9)

Need some full plant pics because its getting pretty big. Here is the first watermelon a little bigger than a dime(there are a few more that may or may not set)

    Bookmark   May 17, 2009 at 11:37AM
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ragtimegal(9 CA 19)

Looks great! Post a pic of the entire plant when you can. :)

    Bookmark   May 18, 2009 at 8:52AM
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ericjwi(9)

Pretty big considering it says 3ft for the vine size. I've had 4 female flowers one is definately good, 1 did not take and the other two may or may not make it. I hand pollinated them so who knows.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2009 at 8:44PM
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linchat(10b)

I am growing sugar baby in container x 3. When they get a little bigger I will post. They are tiny little fellows at the moment. But tonights rain should give them a boost.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2009 at 10:27PM
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ericjwi(9)

Man this thing is growing quick plus I now have a second watermelon growing.

Sunday - about the size of a dime
Tuesday - about the size of an egg
Friday - about the size of a big apple

    Bookmark   May 22, 2009 at 11:41AM
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aaaaaaaa(6)

Post a picture.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2009 at 12:00PM
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ericjwi(9)

Here you go just 5 days after the last picture!

    Bookmark   May 22, 2009 at 6:42PM
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jet_ny(7)

How big will they get? Maybe you will need a hammock to support them soon. WTG!

    Bookmark   May 22, 2009 at 6:50PM
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ericjwi(9)

Supposed to just be personal size 8-10lbs.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2009 at 7:59PM
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sprtsguy76(Santa Clara Ca. 9b)

Just a suggestion, but you better find a way to tie those melons up on such a small support/container system.

Damon

    Bookmark   May 22, 2009 at 10:33PM
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aaaaaaaa(6)

Great pic. I have few WMs in a container and would like to trail it down on the ground. I see that you are trailing it upwards. Can that cage support those heavy fruits(even small size will be heave once you get plenty)?

    Bookmark   May 23, 2009 at 7:08AM
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ericjwi(9)

Sombody say support?

    Bookmark   May 25, 2009 at 2:31PM
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balconygardener(z6NY)

Dazzling!

I planted a tiny watermelon seedling called "Crimson Sweet" (couldn't find a mini variety...). If it will turn out half as great as yours, I'll be very happy!

    Bookmark   May 25, 2009 at 11:29PM
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ragtimegal(9 CA 19)

Holy cow! Those look great!! First round of germination of Sugar Bush didn't turn out, so we just started round two last night.

Great pics!! :)

    Bookmark   May 26, 2009 at 10:24AM
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ericjwi(9)

Well the 2nd one developed to about the size of a golf ball and started shriveling up so the one I took pictures of is the only good one.

The good one already quite a bit bigger I put cardboard on top of the dirt and its already touching. Will take the last picture when I pick it.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 7:41PM
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ericjwi(9)

Just 4 days since the last picture and 7 since the one in my hand! (took the support off) Its now about 80% the size of the one I got at the store and ~ 5lbs.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2009 at 10:06AM
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ericjwi(9)

5lbs 10oz. Hope this is good because the whole vine is starting to die (I was going to give it 1 more week).

    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 8:27PM
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phoenix7801

Dude thats a killer melon!

    Bookmark   June 12, 2009 at 2:13AM
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aaaaaaaa(6)

Nice melon. I am curious why is the vine starting to die?

    Bookmark   June 12, 2009 at 9:49AM
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linchat(10b)

OUTSTANDING! I am growing Sugarbaby right now in containers. I have 3 plants and each have 1 melon on at the moment. Your pictures are great!

Gives me hope. Last year I produced, but tiny little things. I did not fertalize enough. I am on it this year though! :)

    Bookmark   June 13, 2009 at 3:52PM
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ericjwi(9)

This one gets me excited :)

    Bookmark   June 14, 2009 at 10:43AM
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opal52(z7b GA)

Ericjwi,

I have been following this thread for weeks. It has been a lot of fun. Thanks for posting and sharing your photos.

I'm trying to grow Sugar Babies in a SWC and I'm hoping we get a watermelon or two. I have flower gardens, herb gardens, a raised vegetable garden and a fenced Earthtainer garden planted with vegetables and annual herbs. But it's the watermelon vine that gets my attention first thing every morning.

The small Sugar Baby type watermelons are on "sale" in our local grocery stores now from $3.00 to $4.50 each. That simply amazes me.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2009 at 12:43PM
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jmalt31(NJ Zone 7)

The real question is did it taste as good as it looks? Was it sweet? Great job!

    Bookmark   June 15, 2009 at 1:39PM
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ericjwi(9)

They have some really tiny ones at the store now for $2.99. Yeah it tastes real good :) Drying fresh seeds to plant a few more by the weekend.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2009 at 5:07PM
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ania_ca

This is a really cool thread. I love the progress of the watermelon. I didn't know that they grow so well in containers. I think you just inspired me to try that next year.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2009 at 2:15PM
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organic_dusty(9)

Eric,

It was cool watching you grow your water melon. The beautiful dog what kind is it? With the pretty collar on? My husband just built 2 earth tainers but I think it is too late to grow water melon here in florida however yours looks great. Congratulations! This is our first year of gardening. Take a look below at our pics.
Dusty

Here is a link that might be useful: my pool container garden

    Bookmark   June 16, 2009 at 8:08PM
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melbop

Wow, nice job. This makes me regret not planting some melons myself!

    Bookmark   June 17, 2009 at 12:08PM
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linchat(10b)

Eric, how big is that one? I will plant a pic of mine tonight when I get home.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2009 at 12:30PM
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ericjwi(9)

Watermelon - 5 lbs 10oz 21" circumference
Dog - Lab/Australian Shepherd mix

    Bookmark   June 17, 2009 at 3:55PM
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ditnc(7 NC)

Nice! What type of fertilizer did you use? I have one in a container and it's for sure not doing as well as yours! :-)

    Bookmark   June 19, 2009 at 12:02PM
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ericjwi(9)

Every now and then I'd drop maybe 1oz of tree spike into the reservoir. I probably used about 1/8 of a spike total so I didn't really fertilize all that much. The dirt did have time release fertilizer but I doubt it used that much because I found the root mostly dropped all the way down to the reservoir, it wasn't that extensive!

    Bookmark   June 20, 2009 at 8:20AM
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Ohiofem(6a Ohio)

I know this thread is probably dead. But, I have to say for the sake of newbies, it's hard for me to believe it's true. Growing from the size of a dime to 21 inches around in 5 weeks? I grew 4 sugar baby watermelons in a half whiskey barrel last summer. Each plant produced one melon that grew to maturity. It took almost 12 weeks from dime size to eating size. I admit that your zone 9 climate is probably much better for growing melons than mine is the Ohio Valley. And I want to add that it was a blast to grow them. Just be realistic about what you can achieve.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2011 at 5:34PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Whenever you compare your own results to other's, it's always possible that you are dealing with limiting factors someone else may not be ..... and you may not even recognize there is an issue because it becomes manifest only in lost 'potential', which isn't something easily quantifiable.

I'm not defending anyone, only providing what could be a possible explanation.

Al

    Bookmark   January 29, 2011 at 6:06PM
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Ohiofem(6a Ohio)

Of course you are right. And this thread has inspired me to try harder next time. I did not mean to criticize. I just wanted to caution that these results might be difficult to match.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2011 at 10:17PM
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t-bird(Chicago 5/6)

wow - this is giving me ideas! Anymore updates from WM container growers?

    Bookmark   January 21, 2012 at 11:40AM
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