Watermelon is a typical summer fruit. When consumed fresh, it helps us fight the heat, and having a large amount of water becomes a substitute, at least temporarily, for bottled water. Its flavor has the exact degree of sweetness: it is felt instantly, but it is not so intense that it produces unpleasant sensations in the mouth.
Would you like to know how to plant watermelons in the garden? Dare to grow the most refreshing fruit.
The cultivation of this extraordinary fruit begins in spring , when the risk of frost has passed. Being a plant of tropical origin, it needs the minimum temperature to be above 10ºC in order to germinate. Therefore, during this season we will prepare the seedbed, which I recommend is a plastic seedbed tray that is sold in nurseries since it is easier to control the germination process. Conventional pots, yogurt cups, milk containers, or others can also be used, but it is important that they have a hole so that excess water can flow out without problems.
Once the seedbed has been chosen, we will fill it -if appropriate- with substrate for seedbeds or for orchards -also available in nurseries- almost completely, and we will water it well with a watering can that we will have filled, if possible, with rainwater or without lime .
Now the only thing left to do is take the seeds and bury them no more than 0.5cm deep and about 2-3cm apart , as they need to be able to feel the sunlight and have enough space to germinate without problems. For this reason, it is important that we place the seedbed in an area where it will be exposed to the king star throughout the day .
We will keep them well watered and in a matter of a week they will begin to germinate , but until they are about 5cm tall, it is not advisable to move them to the garden, since they are very small and we could easily end up losing them. Although we won’t have to wait long either 🙂: in a couple of weeks after sowing we will be able to plant our beloved little plants in the ground , leaving a separation of 1 or 1.5m between them.
With frequent irrigations, being daily during the hottest days, and a regular organic fertilization, the watermelons will be ready to be harvested in about 90 to 150 days .