There’s no doubt that biting into a delicious and hydrating piece of watermelon is one of the highlights of summer. Anyone that has grown watermelons knows that a homegrown crop is even better tasting than one you can find at a store. This is why we want to help you find the best watermelon to plant in your garden!
Health Benefits of Watermelons
Other than its sweet taste, watermelons have a host of health benefits, such as:
- Hydration (it’s 92 percent water!)
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin C
- Lycopene (a type of carotene)
- Amino Acids
Compared to other fruits and vegetables, watermelons take a while to grow – about two to three months. They also require full sun, which makes them challenging to grow in some cooler parts of the country.
It’s beneficial to wait two weeks until the last frost to start planting and when the soil reaches at least 70 degrees F. Dark color plastic covering over soil can help it to warm up quicker.
To prepare soil for planting this crop, add compost or manure and make sure the soil pH levels are between 6 and 6.8 (this can easily be done with an inexpensive home kit from a local garden store).
Plant at least three to five feet apart to give watermelon vines room to grow. Provide sufficient water without overwatering, which can kill the plant or lead to fungal disease. When the fruit starts to grow, prevent contact with soil by making beds of straw.
When picking a fertilizer, choose one with a higher amount of nitrogen when planting; once the flowering starts, choose a fertilizer with more potassium and phosphorus.
While fertilizers provide some benefits to watermelons and other crops, they also are getting a bad rep for the host of problems that they bring with them. Most conventional fertilizers have an ingredient list that makes health practitioners cringe, and that’s not to mention some ingredients not included on the list, such as hazardous waste.
Many people purchase these fertilizers because of the short-term gains to their gardening efforts, without knowing that they actually cause harm to the soil, plants, our health and the environment. For example, the high nitrogen content in fertilizer can kill fish and birds when the runoff reaches a nearby body of water.
While you may not be ready to nix your fertilizer, you can make a positive change by drastically lowering how much of it you use. Simply adding a small amount of our proven agricultural formula, PlantCatalyst®, can help you to use up to 50 percent less fertilizer!
Our product is made with all natural ingredients and no harmful toxins, helping you grow the healthiest and most delicious watermelons. Plus, it helps the plants absorb more nutrients from the soil and eliminate more waste. After numerous tests in growth houses and labs across the country and in Canada, it was proven that PlantCatalyst®:
- Increases germination rates and strength out of germination
- Decreases growing times
- Increases yield and overall production
- Enhances root growth
Varieties of Watermelons
Choose from the following four varieties of watermelons when deciding what to plant in your garden:
Seedless varieties of watermelon were created in the 1990s, and are more difficult to grow, yet easier to eat. The soil for these sorts must be kept at a minimum of 90 degrees F. These types can be up to 20 pounds, and take about 85 days to mature. Varieties include:
- Jack of Hearts
When planning a picnic, you need a larger watermelon to feed a group of people. This is why this sort weights up to 45 pounds. These watermelons tend to be round or oblong, and are sweet, also taking about 85 days to mature. Common types include:
- Crimson Sweet
Bred to easily fit in your refrigerator, these types of watermelons are 5 to 15 pounds.
Types of icebox watermelons include:
- Tiger Baby
- Sugar Baby
Orange and Yellow Watermelons
Although watermelons typically have red flesh, these types have orange or yellow. They are round and can be with seeds or seedless.
Typical varieties include:
- Yellow Baby
- Charleston Gray
- Black Diamond