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Growing Watermelon From Seed

Posted by lilangel181 zone 5 (lilangel181@aol.com) on
Tue, May 27, 14 at 21:18

Hello,
I just moved to a house with lots of garden space so this is my first ever time trying to grow watermelons (or much else) from seed. I planted the seeds on Easter weekend in a slightly raised bed and waited till the ground warmed, but still nothing has happened. The carrots planted just a foot away on the same day have been up almost a week. Daytime temps have been in the 70's and 80's for a couple weeks now, with nighttime temps usually staying in the upper 60's and they are in full sun. Shouldn't the watermelons have sprouted yet or am I just trying to rush things?

I am zone 5, Mid-Michigan and the watermelons are Sugar Baby.
Thanks so much!
~ Laura


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RE: Growing Watermelon From Seed

  • Posted by mori1 5/6 KS (My Page) on
    Wed, May 28, 14 at 19:40

Laura,

I don't know anything about growing watermelon as I just bought a sugar baby seedling from the farmer's market. However, I think you should have seen something by now. Do you have anymore seeds in which to try again?


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RE: Growing Watermelon From Seed

That's what I was afraid of. I think if these seeds are a bust I'd be better getting transplants from the greenhouse down the street - especially since there's such a limited growing window for watermelons here - but didn't want to plant new transplants only to have the old ones sprout up as well.
~ Laura


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RE: Growing Watermelon From Seed

Here in Oklahoma we planted Black Diamond watermelon. We did three mounds of them. Only one came up with around 5 seedlings. I planted so much more. When I felt enough time had passed and weather permitted, I planted a second round out of the seeds I had left. All have sprouted and are growing like weeds now. Try again with what you have.


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RE: Growing Watermelon From Seed

20 yrs gardening in a difficult zone 5a, i consider myself an 'insurance' gardener...
For summer and winter squash, melons, pumpkins...., i have 12 well spaced mounds...
5 seeds in each hill last weekend...5 more will go in this weekend...and a seed starting tray i started a couple weeks ago.
They tray is doing well and still small. -these crops do not like transplanting at all but i do it close to planting time, soil warm, temps. 4-6 inches is perfect.
Really not much trouble but i avoid having to purchase with so many seeds anyway by sharing and exchanges and seed saving last years crop seeds.
Too much moisture and rain this time of year for me, we often get seed rot...they turn to mush if i look for them after no germination...
A good year all comes up fine...
With multiple seeds in a hill, i can then select the strongest plants and cull the others...
After up and strong and surviving cutworms and such maladies...3-4 plants per hill.


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RE: Growing Watermelon From Seed

Easter seems like premature planting for such a warm season crop as watermelon. I doubt very much that soil temperatures were warm enough to promote germination.


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