Preparing the Site
Sunlight and ventilation are the two major factors to consider when choosing a watermelon site. It is important that direct sunlight should fall on the plantation and adequate ventilation should be available.
Once you have chosen your site for the plantation, make the soil ready by mixing fertilizer obtained from a greenhouse or garden center. Watermelons can tolerate light to moderate soil acidity. Choose a light and less acidic fertilizer to be safe.
Planting the Watermelons
Once you are ready to plant, dig holes about a foot deep and 1½ feet wide. Space the plants 4 to 6 feet apart for optimum growth and ventilation. This will also ensure that there is enough space for the plants to twist around when they start growing. Place the watermelon plants in the hole. Cover them up with loosely packed soil and sprinkle some of the fertilizer that you have bought. Use mulch to cover the soil so that not too much moisture can escape.
Using a Watermelon Cover
A watermelon cover can be useful initially. Be sure to remove the cover as soon as you see flowers appearing on the plant. This will ensure that pollination is facilitated and that there is enough ventilation.
Fruiting and Harvesting
Watermelons do not ripen after picking. Leave the plants alone until the fruits grow larger and ripen completely. You will know when the watermelons are ripe when the curly tendrils near the stem have turned from green to brown. Among the greatest things to enjoy during summer is a freshly picked watermelon!