Growing Watermelons In Containers: What You Need To Know About How Many Plants Per Container?
There are different types of containers. Some have no holes in them, while others have small holes. There are also some with lids which prevent air from entering and leaving the container. Most of these types of containers do not allow enough light to reach the roots inside the container, so they will not develop properly or at all.
The best type of container for growing watermelons is one without any holes in it. If there are holes in the container, then the sunlight cannot get into the root zone. Also, if there is too much air inside the container, then the fruit will rot before it gets ripe.
If you want to grow watermelons in containers, then you need to choose the right kind of container. Here are some things to consider when choosing your container:
Size – The size of the container determines how big your water melon plant will be. Smaller containers make it easier for you to move around and keep them clean. However, larger containers are better because they provide more room for air circulation and light penetration.
Weight – You also need to think about how much weight the container can hold. A large container may not be able to hold enough water and nutrients for your plant. A small container may end up falling over from the weight of the water and soil when it is full.
Shape – The shape of your container should have vertical sides so that the plant can receive adequate support. It should also have a wide enough base so that it does not fall over when it is full of water and soil.
Make sure that you choose a container which is made out of a light-weight material. The container needs to have ample drainage holes in the bottom. It should hold several gallons of soil and water, while still being manageable for you to move around.
How Many Watermelon Plants Per Container?
When you grow watermelons in containers, you have to plant just one melon plant per container. You should choose a container which is at least 4 feet wide and 5 feet tall.
It is important that each container has its own water source. If the containers are close to each other, they may compete with each other for water. This may cause your plants to dry out quicker, or even wither and die.
Watermelons need a lot of water. As a matter of fact, they are 90% water! They also need good, rich soil in order for them to grow big and juicy.
If you are growing more than one melon plant in a container, the soil will dry out too quickly and none of the plants will survive.
If you only have one melon plant, then a large container will be just fine. However, if you want to grow more than one watermelon in a container, then be prepared to check and water the plants every day. Also, make sure that you choose a smaller variety of melon to grow in containers.
How to plant watermelons in containers
When you choose your container, you should fill it about 1/3 full of potting soil. Make sure that there are holes in the bottom so that excess water can drain out of the container.
Next, you should mix in some fertilizer into the container. You can use a general-purpose fertilizer, or you can buy a fertilizer which is made specifically for tomatoes and other vegetables. You should mix in about 1/2 cup of fertilizer for every 10 feet of row.
Finally, you should plant your melon seeds. Sow three to five seeds per container, and then be prepared to thin them out once they start growing.
Did you know that a watermelon only has enough nutrients to grow to a certain size?
That’s why some of the seeds will not grow or will die after they sprout. The best way to thin out the weak seeds is to wait until they are just sprouted, and then gently rub them off of the seed piece of skin.
The rest of the seeds should grow into strong seedlings within a few days.
Caring for Watermelons in Containers
Once you have your watermelons growing, you need to make sure that you take good care of them. Watermelons need to be kept consistently moist, but not wet. Water them every few days, and make sure that the drainage holes are working.
You should also add more fertilizer to the container every three weeks or so. Keep in mind that the plants will grow very large, so make sure you have enough space for them!
Finally, you should give the plants some support in the form of stakes and trellises. This will keep them from bending over and breaking, and it will keep the fruit from touching the ground.
Watermelons need a lot of sun and heat to grow, so you should make sure that they are in a sunny location. Don’t be afraid to adjust your container if you need to, in order to give the plants the proper sunlight that they need!
Harvesting Your Watermelons in Containers
When your watermelons are ready to harvest, you will notice that the skin has turned a deep color and is somewhat hard. You should be careful when you harvest the melons because their skin is very delicate at this point.
In general, watermelons will take about 75 to 80 days to grow, so you need to keep a close eye on them if you want to be sure of a good harvest!
Watermelons taste the best when they are eaten right away, so plan on enjoying your delicious harvest! Remember to save some seeds so that you can grow more next year!
If you find that your container is taking up too much space in your garden, you can always plant your melons in the ground. You may need to provide some support for them, using boards and twine, and you will need to water them daily until they are well-established. Eventually the plants will grow big enough that they will support themselves.
If you don’t have enough room in your garden to plant a whole row of watermelons, no worries! You can always grow them in containers, as described above. Just make sure that you allow them enough space to spread out and grow.
Farmers sometimes grow watermelons in fields called “tunnels”. These are very long rows that go back into the field. The melons are planted along the sides, and then a plastic covering is pulled over the entire row.
This is done to protect the melons from too much sun, heat, and wind. It also keeps off some of the insects.
Hopefully you will be successful in growing some delicious watermelons of your own. Just remember to have patience and take care of your plants, and you will be enjoying their sweet bounty all summer long!
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Sources & references used in this article:
Effect of watermelon propagation by cuttings on vegetative growth, yield and fruit quality by A El-Eslamboly – Egypt J Agric Res, 2014 – academia.edu
High tunnel melon and watermelon production by LW Jett – 2006 – hightunnels.org
077 Modeling Nitrogen Status of Chrysanthemum in a Growing Container by MV Yelanich, JA Biernbaum – HortScience, 1994 – journals.ashs.org