The Q&A Archives: watermelon seed

Question: Does a watermelon from the store grow in my soil or do you have to germinate the seed before? How would you germinate it?

Answer: You can try to grow watermelons from the seeds of a watermelon you purchased at the store but there are no guarantees that it will be a good variety for your growing region or that the melon will come true. Watermelons can be cross pollinated in the field and while the fruits of the plant will be the right size, shape and color, the seeds it contains can grow into different types of melons. If you decide to try, just dry the seeds on the kitchen counter for several weeks and then put them in a paper envelope and store them in a cool, dark place. Next spring plant the seeds directly in the garden and watermelon plants will grow. It might be interesting to see what develops.

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