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FizJay
Jul 7, 2017 2:40 PM CST
Hi everyone!
Lately i threw away some seeds of watermelons... N few days back i noticed sprouts.... I ignored... But as the days goes by... There are more and more seedlings n its going crazy... It seems every single seed i threw got germinated... N there's almost 20 seedlings now... I wanted to ask... Should i just leave them like this and let them grow on same spot or should i separate them or move them away...
Plus.. I wanted to know that what take cares should be done for watermelon plants for good growth and fruits


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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Jul 7, 2017 4:24 PM CST
Usually planted like 5 or 6 plants on a say 18 inch hill that has a circle furrow around it. Add some aged manure around them, not to much, and incorporate it in while making furrow. Or, You can use liquid or granular fertilizer .
Then topdress with some mulch or compost, not against stems.
They need lots of water, and more fertilizer as lable directions.
Hills to be 10 to 15 feet apart.
They don't take to kindly to being transplanted. Half will not take the shock. Hopefully, you can leave 4 or 5 where there at.
Best of luck Thumbs up
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jul 7, 2017 5:46 PM CST
I vote for leaving them just as they are. You threw the seeds away and yet they grew. Now leave them to figure out how to grow a watermelon.

Its good you didn't sweep the seeds under the carpet. Whistling
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FizJay
Jul 8, 2017 6:42 AM CST
DaisyI said:I vote for leaving them just as they are. You threw the seeds away and yet they grew. Now leave them to figure out how to grow a watermelon.

Its good you didn't sweep the seeds under the carpet. Whistling


Lol @daisyl hehehe... Well let's see... I was thinking same bt what if more pop out Rolling on the floor laughing
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FizJay
Jul 8, 2017 6:49 AM CST
Philipwonel said:Usually planted like 5 or 6 plants on a say 18 inch hill that has a circle furrow around it. Add some aged manure around them, not to much, and incorporate it in while making furrow. Or, You can use liquid or granular fertilizer .
Then topdress with some mulch or compost, not against stems.
They need lots of water, and more fertilizer as lable directions.
Hills to be 10 to 15 feet apart.
They don't take to kindly to being transplanted. Half will not take the shock. Hopefully, you can leave 4 or 5 where there at.
Best of luck Thumbs up
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@philipwonel well... If they die... Then should i just leave em like this..?? Or i might try woth sm newer ones to b transplanted...
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Jul 8, 2017 5:54 PM CST
Fiz ๐Ÿ˜
Not, undersranding your question ?
Leave 4 or 5 where there at.
Make furrow around them.
To water them.
Transplant others.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
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FizJay
Jul 9, 2017 11:42 PM CST
Philipwonel said:Fiz ๐Ÿ˜
Not, undersranding your question ?
Leave 4 or 5 where there at.
Make furrow around them.
To water them.
Transplant others.


@Philipwonel i tried a transplant...and the transplanted ones.... they all died... Sighing!
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jul 10, 2017 8:00 AM CST
Well !!! You had to many in orginal spot.
Do you stiil have a few in original spot ?
If you want more mellons. Buy some seeds, and plant where you want them.
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Name: Philip
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pphanfx
Jul 10, 2017 5:51 PM CST
After seeing your thread, I pretty much saw myself and remembered all of my frustrations since February. I don't have an ideal setup for watermelons, but I still try to grow them. Here are the three types of scenarios/attempts since February:

Seeds in the Ground, Direct-Sow
This is closest to your situation, we all start somewhere. From February through June, I continuously threw watermelon seeds into the ground. I have tons of sowbugs/slugs. I saw nothing but failure since February. Frequently I would get a seedling to about 3 weeks development, only to find in one night that a slug wiped it out. This is in a 4-hour sunlight area with very fertile soil. Three sprouts in June appear to have made it into July. Here's what I've got going on today. Totally not ideal, but they are progressing. We'll see what happens.
Thumb of 2017-07-10/pphanfx/4b3b23

Container Medley - 5 Sugar Baby, 2 Honeydew, 3 Pea, and 5 Garbanzo.
Neighbors would walk by and were like - dude, what kind of Christmas tree is that? Ever heard of Wholefoods? I found this to be insanely fun, especially if you consider I faced record heat and drought scenario here. First pic shows how this batch was doing by early June.. set this up in April. Last pic shows status of my sugarbabies (roughly 5 in production with 2 looking promising) as of today. Peas - did great, seeds re-planted in other containers. Garbanzo beans - easy. Last pic shows what happened to those. Honeydew - in critical condition with failing leaves & flowers (leafminer/sun-damage). Pot is in 8-hour direct sunlight, frequently turned and repositioned. I just want the sugarbabies then I want to try cantaloupes later this month.
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Pot with 9 Sugar Baby seedlings - Emergency transplant after spill
In late May I did another pot with 9 sugarbabies, with intent to transplant to ground. After 1 month, the pot fell in the worst imaginable way - straight upside down, flat impact onto hard cement. stems on multiple plants snapping. My heart literally sank.

No chance to plan; with my bare hands, I grabbed everything I could and gently placed the tangled mass of plants directly on a clear patch of soil. I surrounded the exposed roots with additional soil. I propped up each stem with sticks . I covered the area with shade for 36 hours and dumped 2 gallons of Vitamin C transplant solution per day for 3 days straight. Result was surprisingly effective.

Now, 6 remain in good condition, densely packed together but still showing satisfactory development. You can also see in the nighttime shot: tomato, nasturtium, peppermint, wild arugula - all jockeying for position. So here I turned a potential disaster into potentially the best sugarbabies I will have yet - we'll see. It shows that strong early development in containers prepares the plants well for life directly in the ground.
Thumb of 2017-07-10/pphanfx/9c4ff1 Thumb of 2017-07-10/pphanfx/aeafcc

Moral of the story: be patient, work with what you have, persevere. Many tactics work after enough adjustments and attempts.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jul 10, 2017 6:23 PM CST
@pphanfx. Howdy ๐Ÿ˜
I live in city. Lots of snails slugs earwigs sow bugs and cut worms.
I use snail and slug bait. For rest of critters, i use Ortho, bug-b-gone.
Try it next season. Thumbs up
๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜ŽPhilip I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jul 10, 2017 6:40 PM CST
Once upon a time, FizJay ate a piece of watermelon. She (being like the rest of us) spit (or tossed) all the seeds out into the yard. Amazingly enough (at least to FizJay), they grew right where she tossed them.

I would have ignored them but FizJay is a kind and gentle person and she wanted to save all the baby watermelons.

My experience with growing watermelons is that each vine produces two watermelons. Watermelon #1 gets picked too ripe (so inedible). Watermelon #2 gets picked too early (So inedible). Watermelon #3 comes from the Farmer's Market where they know what they are doing...and the watermelon is just right.

Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

edited to correct typos...
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Jul 11, 2017 5:43 AM CST
THAT IS USUALLY !
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Sharjah, UAE
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FizJay
Jul 12, 2017 1:30 AM CST
DaisyI said:Once upon a time, FizJay ate a piece of watermelon. She (being like the rest of us) spit (or tossed) all the seeds out into the yard. Amazingly enough (at least to FizJay), they grew right where she tossed them.

I would have ignored them but FizJay is a kind and gentle person and she wanted to save all the baby watermelons.

My experience with growing watermelons is that each vine produces two watermelons. Watermelon #1 gets picked too ripe (so inedible). Watermelon #2 gets picked too early (So inedible). Watermelon #3 comes from the Farmer's Market where they know what they are doing...and the watermelon is just right.

Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

edited to correct typos...

@DaisyI gosh!!!! hahahahaha

Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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FizJay
Jul 12, 2017 1:32 AM CST
pphanfx said:After seeing your thread, I pretty much saw myself and remembered all of my frustrations since February. I don't have an ideal setup for watermelons, but I still try to grow them. Here are the three types of scenarios/attempts since February:

Seeds in the Ground, Direct-Sow
This is closest to your situation, we all start somewhere. From February through June, I continuously threw watermelon seeds into the ground. I have tons of sowbugs/slugs. I saw nothing but failure since February. Frequently I would get a seedling to about 3 weeks development, only to find in one night that a slug wiped it out. This is in a 4-hour sunlight area with very fertile soil. Three sprouts in June appear to have made it into July. Here's what I've got going on today. Totally not ideal, but they are progressing. We'll see what happens.
Thumb of 2017-07-10/pphanfx/4b3b23

Container Medley - 5 Sugar Baby, 2 Honeydew, 3 Pea, and 5 Garbanzo.
Neighbors would walk by and were like - dude, what kind of Christmas tree is that? Ever heard of Wholefoods? I found this to be insanely fun, especially if you consider I faced record heat and drought scenario here. First pic shows how this batch was doing by early June.. set this up in April. Last pic shows status of my sugarbabies (roughly 5 in production with 2 looking promising) as of today. Peas - did great, seeds re-planted in other containers. Garbanzo beans - easy. Last pic shows what happened to those. Honeydew - in critical condition with failing leaves & flowers (leafminer/sun-damage). Pot is in 8-hour direct sunlight, frequently turned and repositioned. I just want the sugarbabies then I want to try cantaloupes later this month.
Thumb of 2017-07-10/pphanfx/70ec46Thumb of 2017-07-10/pphanfx/2da70c Thumb of 2017-07-10/pphanfx/1dbb95 Thumb of 2017-07-10/pphanfx/1a1218

Pot with 9 Sugar Baby seedlings - Emergency transplant after spill
In late May I did another pot with 9 sugarbabies, with intent to transplant to ground. After 1 month, the pot fell in the worst imaginable way - straight upside down, flat impact onto hard cement. stems on multiple plants snapping. My heart literally sank.

No chance to plan; with my bare hands, I grabbed everything I could and gently placed the tangled mass of plants directly on a clear patch of soil. I surrounded the exposed roots with additional soil. I propped up each stem with sticks . I covered the area with shade for 36 hours and dumped 2 gallons of Vitamin C transplant solution per day for 3 days straight. Result was surprisingly effective.

Now, 6 remain in good condition, densely packed together but still showing satisfactory development. You can also see in the nighttime shot: tomato, nasturtium, peppermint, wild arugula - all jockeying for position. So here I turned a potential disaster into potentially the best sugarbabies I will have yet - we'll see. It shows that strong early development in containers prepares the plants well for life directly in the ground.
Thumb of 2017-07-10/pphanfx/9c4ff1 Thumb of 2017-07-10/pphanfx/aeafcc

Moral of the story: be patient, work with what you have, persevere. Many tactics work after enough adjustments and attempts.

@pphanfx i get the moral pretty straight... "just let them be!!" Rolling on the floor laughing Hilarious!
m just watching them... lets see what they will do... coz when i tried to help few of them... they died lol...
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FizJay
Jul 12, 2017 1:34 AM CST
Philipwonel said:Well !!! You had to many in orginal spot.
Do you stiil have a few in original spot ?
If you want more mellons. Buy some seeds, and plant where you want them.
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@philipwonel yep.. i still have some on same spot... n hoping they will live to gimme some fruit.. hehehe
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jul 12, 2017 8:40 AM CST
I don't know what country, UEA is.
How late does your growing season last ? If i recall right ?๐Ÿ˜•???Watermelons take like 95 to 120 days, depending on variety.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jul 12, 2017 10:55 AM CST
UAE = United Arab Emirates

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Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Jul 12, 2017 2:24 PM CST
Thank You Daisy ! ๐Ÿ˜
Then it looks like FizJay can grow watermellons ! WHAT ? All year round. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 12, 2017 2:47 PM CST
Hi FizJay, this has been a fun discussion. May I advise, you might want to just pull out the smallest of your seedlings, to give space to the bigger ones. Watermelons need a lot of water and a good amount of fertilizer to actually grow and produce fruit. So if you're going to leave them where they are, thinning out the clump to maybe the 3 or 4 strongest plants will be your best chance.

Then, feed and water and feed and water some more. (then go to the Farmer's Market . . as Daisy suggests) Big Grin
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." โ€“Winston Churchill
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jul 12, 2017 4:51 PM CST
FizJay ! ๐Ÿ˜
Only two watermellons per plant.

Then !!! Everything else !!!!
I agree with Elaine. Thumbs up

Now !!! To tell when a mellon is ripe ! There's a short curly que, close, to the mellon stem, around, an inch, or so from mellon. When it dries, and stem cracks, around, where its attached to mellon, ITS RIPE ! Mellon should, break off easy and cleanly.

:hurray: Hurray! Hurray!
Easy, as Apple pie !!!๐Ÿ˜
Learning the thump test, dosent hurt either. Thumbs up
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