How to grow watermelon at home in pots

If you don’t have enough space in your garden you can easily grow watermelons in containers, this is actually an excellent way for gardeners with limited space to grow watermelons. Growing these fresh fruits in container is possible and fun. To grow watermelons successful in container requires a little bit of knowledge.

Growing Watermelons in Containers

To successfully grow watermelons in container you need to choose a pot that will be large enough for your watermelon to thrive. These fruits grow rapidly and they require plenty of water, so it is recommended that you go with at least five gallon or larger size container. Make sure that the container that you want to grow the watermelons has enough drainage holes. Just fill the watermelon container with potting soil or other soilless mix. Don’t ever use dirt from your garden. This will compact quickly in the container and will make the growing watermelons in the containers very difficult. The next thing to do is to choose a variety of watermelon that will do well in pots. When planting watermelon in containers, you have to actually look for a compact variety that grows small fruit. You can try the following varieties; Jubilee watermelon, Moon and Stars watermelon, Golden Midget watermelon, Sugar Baby watermelon, Crimson Sweet watermelon, Millennium watermelon, Early Moonbeam watermelon, Jade Star watermelon, Orange Sweet watermelon and Solitaire watermelon.   

After selecting the container watermelons you want grow, place the watermelons seed into the soil. The watermelons seed should be plant three times deeper than it is long. Water the watermelons seed well. You can also transplant the watermelons seedling that has been started indoors into the soil. Whether you are planting the watermelon seeds or the seedling, make sure that all chances of frost have passed outside.

Caring for Watermelons in a Container

After planting the watermelon in the pot, you’ll actually need to provide support for the plant. Most gardeners who grow watermelons in containers lack space. Without some kind of support the watermelons growing in containers can even take up an enormous amount of space. The support for your watermelon plant can come in the form of either a trellis or a teepee. As the watermelon vine grows, train it up the support. If you are growing watermelons in containers in a metropolitan area or a high balcony, you may find that you don’t really have enough pollinators to pollinate the watermelons. You can pollinate the watermelons by hand. Once fruit begins to appear on your container watermelon, you’ll really need to provide additional support for the watermelon fruit as well. You can use a stretchy, flexible material like a panty hose or a t-shirt to create a hammock under the watermelon fruit. You need to tie each end of the hammock to the watermelon’s main support. As the watermelon fruit grows, the hammock will stretch to accommodate the size of the watermelon fruit. Your container watermelon will need to be watered daily in temperatures under eighty degree Fahrenheit and twice daily in temperatures over this. You can also use a water based fertilizer once a week or a granulated slow release fertilizer once a month.

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