All Things Gardening forum: Watermelons not growing?

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coolmen444
May 15, 2018 9:00 PM CST
I planted 15 plants in cups. 5 of them are corn, 5 are marigolds, and 5 are watermelons. According to the package, they should all germinate 8 days at the latest. As promised, all the corn and marigolds germinated even a little early. It's been about a week now, but none of the watermelons have germinated, even though ALL of the other plants have germinated. I leave them outdoors and recently the highs have been about mid seventies and the lows have been about mid fifties. Why aren't the watermelons germinating?
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 15, 2018 10:44 PM CST
Welcome!

Watermelons need warmth to germinate. At temperatures in the mid-70's, I think you still have 3 or 4 days to see germination.
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Bookmon
May 16, 2018 2:48 AM CST
As stated above. Maybe bring them in at night. I shop the after Christmas at our semi local Home Depot for the C9 incandescent light sets. (The clerks will say they don't have them- search. They do)
Those bulbs give off excellent heat. I created a homemade grow table with aluminum foil, 2x2s and those lights for germination.
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coolmen444
May 16, 2018 6:07 PM CST
Awesome, thanks for the advice! I'll start bringing them in at night. It should also start warming up and get into the low 80's, so hopefully they will pop up soon.
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May 16, 2018 9:21 PM CST
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Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
May 17, 2018 12:59 AM CST
coolmen444 said:I planted 15 plants in cups. 5 of them are corn, 5 are marigolds, and 5 are watermelons. According to the package, they should all germinate 8 days at the latest. As promised, all the corn and marigolds germinated even a little early. It's been about a week now, but none of the watermelons have germinated, even though ALL of the other plants have germinated. I leave them outdoors and recently the highs have been about mid seventies and the lows have been about mid fifties. Why aren't the watermelons germinating?


For what is is worth, I planted 6 cantaloupe seeds and 6 watermelon seeds in 6 packs, and I have 6 canteloupe seedlings and 1 watermelon seedling.

And I presoaked corn, bean, and cuke seeds and set them into individual containers until they germinated. Then planted them all. All the corns have emerged, 22 of 24 bean seeds have emerged. 2 of 18 cuke seeds have emerged. I think I will just replant the cukes dry.

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