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any tips on growing watermelon & muskmelon from seed?

Posted by irish_rose_grower z7 LI NY (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 22, 10 at 19:26

Hi, never grew these before and wanted to know if there are any tips that will be helpful.

I did read that watermelons don't like being transplanted, so i'm going to start those indoors in peat pots. But not sure if the cantaloupe is the same thing??


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RE: any tips on growing watermelon & muskmelon from seed?

Both work best when direct seeded in the garden. And in your zone direct seeding has many advantages because your season is plenty long enough for them so starting them early has no advantages.

And unfortunately using the peat pots only creates additional problems for them. If you choose to use them you need to monitor the soil moisture closely because they wick the water away from the plant. And when you plant them in the garden you need to strip off all or at least the majority of the pot first.


RE: any tips on growing watermelon & muskmelon from seed?

I concur with what Dave has stated.

In your zone, they would have plenty of time to develop ripe, beautiful fruit.

I have had success by mounding my hills, each planted with 3/4 seeds, and amending it with a lot or organic material (from my compost bin). They are hogs and love the extra nutrients. I also only water them in the evening to prevent powdery mildew (though it hasnt effected my fruit), and snip a few vines (in small increments) to promote fewer, but larger fruit.

Just my opinion and what has worked for me.

I am bummed, I turned my melon and pumpkin garden into ANOTHER dahlia/zinnia cutting bed : ). I will sure miss my fruit vines!


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