Perfect Way to Plant Watermelon Seeds at Home & Caring Tips
In this post, we will know about, how to plant Watermelon seeds
- About watermelon vine
- The perfect way for plantation
- How to care vine to get more fruits
- Fruits season
About Watermelon Vine: Watermelon is a flowering plant in the Cucurbitaceae family and is native to Africa. Watermelon has 40+ types of verities, and common verities are Picnic, Icebox, Personal, Giant, Seedless, Orange, Yellow, White, and much more. Cultivators are also from different cities or countries. Over time, the watermelon vine grows up to 25 feet long. At a time, vines give lots of watermelons. It is a highly cultivated fruit in the world.
The scientific name is Citrullus lanatus, and it comes with the Cucurbitaceae family.
Perfect Way for Plantation: Watermelon cultivation and planting melon seeds at home are very easy. Seeds are required for planting at home. To get seeds, cut a watermelon and take out its seeds or you can also buy seeds from the plant shop. Keep the seeds in water for 2 to 3 hours. Summer is the best time for the plantation. Always purchase organic seeds.
Prepare a Soil Potting & Planting: To make a soil mixture, take out the well-drained garden soil (60%) and cow dung (40%). Mix it well and take out the large flowerpot (size should be 7 to 10 inches). Fill the soil mixture into the flowerpot and press the soil with your hand (removed soil air). Spray some water and take out the watermelon seeds and sprinkle them on the soil mixture or you can push the seeds into the soil.
Cover the seeds with soil mixture and place the flowerpot in the indoor location or semi-shade places (until germination). Germination starts from the seeds after 3 to 5 days, and tiny leaves appear from the germinating plants. Germination plants grow up to 5 to 8 inches or more; then, it’s time to transplant them with a separate flowerpot or ground site. For better results, choose a ground site.
While Planting Seeds: USDA hardiness zone should be 3-11 and the soil mixture should be slightly acidic or neutral. In a flowerpot, make sure drainage holes are available or not. If there are no holes at the surface, then make 5 to 9 holes (Drainage holes are necessary). Cover the holes with a grenade or stones. Use a ceramic flowerpot. The distance between the seeds should be 4 to 5 cm.
Transplantation: Remove out the transplanted plant from soil potting (Keep in mind that the plant’s root should not be broken). Use the same soil potting and plant each plant with a separate flowerpot. If plants/vines grow up to 4 to 7 feet long, then give some support (use sticks or thin rods).
Tips for plantation: If you have a large flowerpot (10 to 12 inches with 7 inches diameter), you can plant 3 to 5 plants because the stems of plants/vines are thin (1 to 3 cm).
How to Care Vines to Get More Fruits:
- Watering: If you sow its seeds, do not add too much water in the beginning (adding more water causes the roots to rot). After transplantation, give water properly. The best time for watering is at night or early morning.
- Temperature: For best growth, maintain the temperature between 15 °C to 25 °C.
- Fertilizer: Each plant or vine needs the best fertilizer for the best result. Watermelon vines need cow dung or vermicompost rich in nitrogen fertilizer. Give fertilizer before the growing season.
Fruit & Flowering Season: After 2 to 3 months, flowering starts on the vine, and these flowers are yellow in colour. Flowers grow up to 1 to 2 inches in size, and each flower has 5 to 6 soft petals. The Center part of the flowers is dark yellow with a yellow shade. After flowering, the fruit begins.
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