Want to grow juicy watermelon in a pot ? This is easiest way.
Whether you are doing balcony gardening or are simply looking for a better way to use the limited space you have, container watermelons are possible and fun.
They’re always sweet, fresh and juicy and just the right size to fit in the fridge. These smaller melons grow on plants that are well suited for trellis growing which makes them perfect for growing on the balcony.
Here is the simple process
Successfully growing watermelons in pots starts before you even plant your watermelon seed. You need to choose a pot that will be large enough for your container watermelon to thrive.
We recommend above 17 inch planters
Watermelons grow rapidly and require plenty of water, so it is recommended that you go with a 5-gallon or larger size container. Make sure that the container you will be growing watermelons in has enough drainage holes
Fill the watermelon container with potting soil or other soilless mix. Do not use dirt from your garden. This will compact quickly in the container and will make growing watermelons in containers difficult.
In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.
Next, you need to choose a variety of watermelon that will do well in pots.
Once you have selected the container watermelons you will grow, place the seed into the soil. The seed should be plant 3 times deeper than it is long. Water the seed well. You can also transplant a seedling that has been started indoors into the soil.
- Start seeds indoors to lengthen the growing season. Its recommended to plant two or three seeds each in peat pots filled with a soil-less mix.
- Cover them with 1/2 inch of soil and then placing the pots in a plastic tray for easy bottom watering.
- Place the seed pots in a warm place or on a heating pad set to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and keep the seeds moist until they germinate.
- Germination usually occurs within a week.
- Pinch out all but the strongest plant in each pot once the seedlings acquire their first set of true leaves.
- Transfer the pots to a sunny location or place them under a grow light set two or three inches above the plants.
- Raise the light as the seedlings grow but maintain the proximity to keep the young plants from becoming leggy.
Is the fruit ready ?
- You can judge a watermelon’s ripeness by its skin color. The rind changes from a bright to a dull green, and the part that touches the soil shifts from greenish white or straw yellow to rich, creamy yellow.
- Gardeners also judge a watermelon’s ripeness by rapping on the skin and listening for a low-pitched thud.
Note: Melons of all types are warm weather crops needing plenty of light and heat to thrive.
The vine-like behaviour of watermelon plants awakens the creativity of balcony-garden growers, but you must always remember that they produce heavy fruits which need to be supported somehow.
The railings of your balcony can be used as a support or, on the other hand, you can hang your pot and let the watermelon plant use the room left unused by other upright plants, leaving it to trail down to the ground.
- The citrulline in watermelon has been shown to reduce the accumulation of fat in our fat cells. Citrulline is an amino acid which converts into arginine with help from the kidneys.
- Watermelon is rich in phenolic compounds like flavonoids, carotenoids, and triterpenoids. The carotenoid lycopene in watermelon is particularly beneficial in reducing inflammation and neutralizing free radicals.
- Consuming large amounts of watermelon has also been correlated with improved cardiovascular function because it improves blood flow via vasodilation (relaxation of blood pressure).
- Watermelon is a natural diuretic which helps increase the flow of urine, but does not strain the kidneys (unlike alcohol and caffeine). Watermelons helps the liver process ammonia (waste from protein digestion) which eases strain on the kidneys while getting rid of excess fluids.
- Rich in potassium, watermelon is a great natural electrolyte and thus helps regulate the action of nerves and muscles in our body.
- Eating lots of Watermelon can help reduce your risk of developing disease and illness caused by a high-acid diet
- It helps produce the pigments in the retina of the eye and protects against age-related macular degeneration as well as prevents night blindness