Growing Watermelons In Florida
The Best Way to Grow Watermelons
Farms for sale in Florida provide the perfect climate to grow watermelons. Watermelons need to be grown in warm weather, temperatures of over 70 degrees. When the weather is warm enough (early spring), the first thing to decide is what type of watermelon. Watermelon sizes can range from three pounds to seventy pounds and there is a large variety of types, like “sugar baby,” “sangria,” or “jubilee.” You also have the option of seeds or seedless when growing watermelons.
Once you have the seeds for the watermelon type(s) you want to grow, you should decide where to plant them. Watermelons need a minimum of six hours of sun daily, so take that into consideration when deciding where to plant. Allow about a four by six foot plot for each one. Use a tiller to work the soil for your watermelon beds. Good drainage is important for watermelons, so check the desired area after a storm. If there aren’t puddles, this in an indicator that the soil is not draining well. You should also add compost to your soil to help with the pH balance. You can use a tractor or a hoe to form mounds of earth to plant your watermelon seeds. Making these little hills for your seeds will help ensure that there is enough room for their roots to grow. They should be about two to six feet apart.
Plant the watermelon seeds on the surface of the little mounds that you made and make a few holes in the soil that are about one inch deep. Then, place no more than three or four seeds in each of the holes. After planting, rake the dirt so it is level on the top of the seeds and pack it gently.
After about a week or so, the seeds should start sprouting. Make sure to keep the soil moist. Applying mulch after the seeds have germinated will help to stop weeds from growing and will also help with drainage. During this time, you should be watering your watermelons once a day, but when the flowers start to bloom, lessen your waterings to about every three days.
Watermelons typically mature after about four months. Picking a watermelon before it is fully ripened can make it less flavorful, so make sure it’s ripe enough. Check the curly tendril near the stem, if it’s dried out, it’s ready to go. Also give a good rap on the watermelon. If you hear a dull noise, they should be good to harvest. Use gardening shears to remove the watermelons from the vines. They can be kept uncut for about ten days after harvesting and two weeks refrigerated.
Other types of melons that are easily grown in Florida are honeydew, cantaloupe, and casaba.