Container watermelons...sggestions?

howelbama(7 NJ)June 21, 2011

Hi,

This is my first season growing watermelons, and my first season taking vegetable garden with any seriousness.

I have somewhat of an "urban garden" set up with tomatoes, peppers, onions, and strawberries growing.

My watermelon and canteloupe seem to be growing very well, and both types of watermelon (crimson sweet and jubilee) have set fruits. I think I may have overfertilized a bit early on, and due to rain it has been hard to keep the containers at the right moisture level. However, I did flush the containers a week ago, and the plants seem to be coming along nicely.

I fed them today with a very dillute nutrient mix.

Any comments/suggestions from experienced gardener's would be appreciated. Here are some pics.

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LMoon310(8B/9A- border)

Looks good! I have a stupid question because I'm new at this. I thought flushing was only important in hydroponic or aeroponic growing? I thought flusheing also was removing all the nutrients to get a cleaner taste. Why fert. after the flush, or did you only flush because you overfed in the beginning?

    Bookmark   June 22, 2011 at 7:44AM
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howelbama(7 NJ)

Hi. I only flushed them because I was afraid I had overfertilized them. I waited about a week after flushing and just fed them a dillute solution so as not to overdo it again. I'm trying to determine if they were over or under fed...

    Bookmark   June 22, 2011 at 4:48PM
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sprtsguy76(Santa Clara Ca. 9b)

Lokks pretty good, melons like alot of water. As they grow bigger the need for water will increase and so will the need to fertilize. Just make sure to stay on top of both. Good luck.

Damon

    Bookmark   June 22, 2011 at 11:39PM
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LMoon310(8B/9A- border)

I've never done watermelon so I couldn't tell, but I have overfed before. The leaves turn kind of crispy and burnt looking. Those look really healthy to me.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2011 at 2:48PM
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howelbama(7 NJ)

Thanks for the follow-ups. Any suggestions on how many melons to leave per vine? I was thinking 1 or two for the watermelon and 2 to 3 + for the cantaloupe... I won't be pruning the vine at all just training them and potentially pruning off the weakest melons

    Bookmark   June 23, 2011 at 7:41PM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

Your melons look great! I'm growing 2 muskmelon plants and 2 watermelon plants all in the same 30 gallon container. I've had female flowers on both, but none have set fruit yet. I've grown them in the past and have never removed any fruit that has set. I would leave them alone and not prune any. In my opinion, the plant wouldn't set fruit it couldn't deal with. I've had up to 6 or 8 melons on a vine and they were all great.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2011 at 8:43PM
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howelbama(7 NJ)

Thanks for the follow-ups. Any suggestions on how many melons to leave per vine? I was thinking 1 or two for the watermelon and 2 to 3 + for the cantaloupe... I won't be pruning the vine at all just training them and potentially pruning off the weakest melons

    Bookmark   June 23, 2011 at 10:55PM
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howelbama(7 NJ)

Sorry for the double post. Edweather I believe they have set fruits due to my little garden ant friends...which I contemplated erradicating earlier in the season. I also have good bee and butterfly activity in the garden.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2011 at 11:09PM
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btbarbara(7b/8a)

What kind of container are you using for your melons? I've got one watermelon in a 30-gal tub with two Cayenne peppers and several in smaller (too-small) pots and one cantaloupe in an 18-gal tub. I've found a whole lot more about what DIDN'T work than what does. I planted mine in half Miracle Gro potting mix and half Black Kow and I spray them with Miracle Gro every few days. They're growing like crazy but I only have one cantaloupe and no watermelons so far. I only planted 4-5 weeks ago so maybe I just need to be patient. I'm just south of Atlanta and already have to water twice most days...don't know what I'm going to do when the thirsty fruits show up!

This is my most promising watermelon...taking over the yard but no fruit yet :(

and this is my cantaloupe. Just beautiful but only one fruit about the size of a softball so far

    Bookmark   July 2, 2011 at 9:56PM
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