Answer: Watermelon growth and yield both depend on the season and weather. The vines need warm soil and hot weather to grow and set flowers. Once you or insects have done the pollinating, it takes weeks to get a mature melon. Some gardeners will allow each vine to set only one or two melons thus diverting the plant's strength to growing the best possible melons as fast as possible. If you allow more to set, keep in mind that the later set melons may not have time to mature before the weather turns cold. The vines are usually planted in hills set at least six feet apart with only one or two vines per hill -- unfortunately these "babies" take a lot of room! If you garden is truly tiny, you might want to consider the bush type melons as a space saver.
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