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need help wih melons!

Posted by kawaiineko_gardener 5a ( on
Mon, May 12, 14 at 20:09

NOTE: I'm not growing them in the ground because our growing season is extremely short and I don't trust the weather here to plant them in the ground.

I've heard of the idea of growing melons in 5 gallon buckets.

The types of melons I have are both bush and vining.

However, if I grow them in melons, would I end up compensating the plant in the process? By this I mean, because they would be grown in smaller containers, would the fruit be smaller, due to less growing space being available for the melon?

This question is especially in regards to the vining varieties of melons I have, since I know they haven't been bred to grow in compact spaces like the bush type melons have.

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RE: need help wih melons!

If you water and fertilize sufficiently, the fruit needn't be compromised at all. However, in containers, one will often get smaller fruit, or fewer fruit if the fruit are full-sized.


RE: need help wih melons!

On some of my seed packages of melons, instructions say never to them get root bound. I can't say I know why? It was concerning growing them indoors to start.

RE: need help wih melons!

It's been recommended that if you're going to grow melons in containers the MINIMUM size is 5 gallons.

So, if I grow them in 5 gallon buckets, is that really an ideal size container for a melon plant? If it will work, but it's recommended to have a bigger size container what would be the ideal size container for the plants?

I use storage containers and I'll list the ones available below...please recommend what would be the ideal size container out of the storage containers listed below...

10 gallon
15 gallon
20 gallon
30-35 gallon
40 gallon
45 gallon
50 gallon
54 gallon

RE: need help wih melons!

54 gallon.

RE: need help wih melons!

I successfully grew watermelons with juicy fruit in a 10" pot although the fruit was only about baseball size so 10 gallon pots may get you close to full-sized fruit if it is a bush or small vining type.

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