The Q&A Archives: Growing Watermelons On A Deck

Question: I was looking at the Bush Sugar Baby watermelons in the seed and plants 1999 catalog. It says that the plants only grow to be 3 1/2 feet long and produce only 2 12 pound watermelons. Would it be possible to grow them in a box on a deck and if yes how deep would the soil need to be?

Answer: As long as your deck provides plenty of sunshine, you can grow Bush Sugar Baby watermelons in containers there. To give the roots plenty of room to grow, plan on using at least a 3-gallon container. Make sure the container has adequate drainage holes, and use potting soil rather than garden soil as your growing medium. Plants growing in containers need extra attention, especially during hot weather. Check the soil regularly and supply water to keep it moist, but not soggy wet. When fertilizing containerized plants it's usually best to dilute the fertilizer to half-strength and apply twice as often.

Good luck with your melons!

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