The Q&A Archives: Growing Watermelons in Louisiana

Question: When and how should I grown watermelons in Louisiana?

Answer: You live in a perfect climate for growing watermelons. You can start the plants from seed indoors in late March, and when true leaves appear (the second set), it should be warm enough to transplant them into the garden. Melons need warmer temperatures for seed germination than they need for growing, so starting them indoors can give you a couple of weeks jump start on the season. <br><br>Watermelons prefer loamy, well-drained soil that's not too high in nitrogen. You can space the plants about 2 feetapart in a 5-foot-wide bed. Stagger the plants in 2 rows in the bed. Mix a granular 10-10-10 fertilizer into the soil before planting and then side-dress the plants when the vines begin to run.<br><br>Happy planting!<br><br>

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