Growing Watermelons — Tips From Experts at Willhite Seed

| 3/15/2012 1:20:00 PM

Tags: watermelons, growing watermelons, melons, seed companies, gardening tips,

Black Diamond WatermelonIf you are thinking about growing watermelons this summer, you should check out Willhite Seed Inc. This seed company based in Poolville, Texas, has been specializing in watermelons for over 90 years. They currently offer 51 watermelon varieties! — 22 open-pollinated varieties and 29 hybrids.

Here are a few tips from the good folks at Willhite on growing this dee-licious fruit:

* Watermelons ordinarily are planted early in cold soils.

* Young watermelon seedlings emerge over a longer period of time (up to three weeks) than those of most other crops. One may plant beans, peas, sweet corn, radishes, lettuce, squash, etc., and obtain an instant good stand, but you don’t do this very often with melons — especially when planted by hand. Even under good conditions, it sometimes is difficult to get a good stand when you are growing watermelons.

* Good-quality mature melons are firm, fresh and attractive in appearance with good color.

* Color may vary from deep solid green to gray, depending on the variety.

margaret anderson
3/23/2012 11:39:40 PM

I get more useful information from the seed catalogues that I did from the "article" !!!

abbey bend
3/23/2012 7:03:22 PM

As already mentioned, mostly an advertisement, but then that is mostly what is published by Mother Earth anymore, ads and old rehashed articles! Almost no reason to read it anymore!

robert sorel
3/23/2012 2:58:17 PM

I agree with the previous post. This is really an ad for the seed company.

mehile orloff
3/23/2012 1:17:32 PM

Maybe I'm missing something, but this "Tips from the Experts" article seems a bit light on "tips" .... growing requirements and conditions seem to fall a bit shy of qualifying as a "tip" .... and I think we all know that when plants are "..properly pruned and weather and soil conditions are favorable.." you will get a more productive crop ;)

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