Despite of popular belief that watermelon is made up of only water and sugar, watermelon is actually considered a nutrient dense food, a food that provides a high amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for a low amount of calories.
Watermelon Facts That Might Surprise You
- Watermelon Is a Fruit and a Vegetable.
- It’s Mostly Water
- Some Watermelon Are Yellow
- Watermelon Has More Lycopene Than Raw Tomatoes
- Watermelon’s Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidant Support
- Botanical name of watermelon is: Citrullis lanatus
- Water melon is great juice Beverage.
- After consuming this fruit you will see the amazing benefits of water melon.
Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like watermelon decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, overall lower weight.
Growing watermelon in containers allows this big, sweet and juicy fruit to grow in smallest of spaces.
Requirements for Growing Watermelon in Containers
Choosing a Pot
Growing watermelon in containers is not much difficult though tricky. You need to understand the basics. As watermelon has long taproot choosing a deep pot is essential. A large pot or bucket that is at least 2 feet deep and half wide is required.
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The optimum growing temperature is around 65-85 F (18-30 C). Watermelons should be grown in a sunny position.
Sandy and loamy soil is suitable for growing watermelons.
Watermelon requires a lot of water. Keep the soil evenly moist but not wet, the water must drain freely from the bottom. When growing watermelon in containers, you’ll need to water the plant every day and sometimes twice in a warm day.
Once the fruits start to swell up and mature, reduce the watering. In that period, water carefully and moderately. Avoid overwatering and underwatering both to get the sweetest melons.
Watermelon Plant Care
Fertilizer : Start to fertilize the plant with any organic fertilizer.
Pruning : To get a healthy and more productive plant, only allow the main vine to grow. When the plant is young, remove side branches before they grow more.
Pollination: Watermelon vine produces both male and female flowers separately. However, pollinators (bees and butterflies) will pollinate them but to be sure you’ll need to hand-pollinate the flowers to make sure you get fruits.
Diseases and Pests : Usually, you can easily care and look after the watermelon growing in a pot.
In cool short summer climates, start the seeds indoors or in a greenhouse either directly in a container or in a biodegradable pot.
Use a lot of organic matter for growing watermelons in containers as they are heavy feeders. Side dress your potted melon plant with manure or compost in every 3-4 weeks. Scrap and remove topsoil if there is no space in the container.
Stress (change in temperature, pests or diseases, overwatering or lack of water) to the plant at the time when fruits are maturing, results in less flavorsome and sweet fruits.
In a small space, growing melons vertically on a trellis is a great way to save space. Use netting, a bag or a stretchable cloth to create a hammock under the fruit to support it.
The trick for getting best quality fruits is to don’t let the plant set so many fruits. 2-3 fruits at the same time for large fruit varieties and 4-5 fruits for the smaller one is sufficient.
Do successive planting for regular harvests. Plant 2-4 plants and do the same after 2 weeks.