Growing Watermelon In Containers
Watermelons are a delicious and nutritious addition to any diet. They’re also easy to grow in containers, which means that you can get your hands on watermelons without having to deal with the hassle of maintaining a garden space. Growing watermelon in containers is pretty straightforward: just follow these simple steps!
Watermelons are ideal for container growing.
Watermelons are an ideal crop for container gardening. They can be grown in any climate, any season and any soil type, making them a great choice for gardeners who may not have access to a large backyard or don’t have much space at all.
A 10-gallon container is a good size for obtaining a single watermelon plant.
A 10-gallon container is a good size for obtaining a single watermelon plant. It can be difficult to choose the best container for your plant, but you should keep the following things in mind when choosing one:
- The size of the watermelon plant you will be growing. If you are only growing one watermelon plant that will grow to be about 3 ft tall and 5 ft wide, then a 10 gallon container may work well. However, if you want two smaller plants or multiple large plants (or both), then consider larger containers such as 15 gallons or 20 gallons.
- The type of soil used by the plant and its needs throughout its life cycle (for example, young seedlings need different types of soil than mature vines). You can find out what kind of soil works best by researching online garden forums or asking other local gardeners who have successfully grown these kinds of plants before. Make sure not to use any kind of clay because it can hold too much moisture which could lead to root rot issues; instead opt for sand or loamy materials like peat moss infused with composted materials or vermiculite mixture instead!
Fill half of the container with potting soil, then add an inch or two of compost, and enough water to thoroughly moisten the soil.
Fill half of the container with potting soil, then add an inch or two of compost, and enough water to thoroughly moisten the soil. This can be done by adding water directly to your large container and then using a sprinkler or watering can to thoroughly soak all layers.
Once you have prepared the soil and moistened it, place a seed in each hole that you poked with your finger and fill them with more potting soil until about 1 inch from the top of each hole. Gently pack down around each seed with your finger so that it is planted at this depth (this is called “finger planting”).
Place both containers in an area where they will receive full sun for most of each day but not be in direct sunlight where temperatures can rise above 100 degrees F (38 C) during summer heat waves. Water regularly as needed until plants are established—about every few days at first—and less frequently once they start growing vigorously; check by poking into roots before watering if unsure whether they need more moisture or not
Plant the seeds one inch deep, and put two or three seeds in each container.
Plant the seeds one inch deep, and put two or three seeds in each container. Water regularly to keep the soil moist. Seeds should germinate within seven to ten days, but keep an eye on them; if no seedlings emerge within two weeks of planting, start again with new seeds.
When the seedlings are about two inches tall (or larger), thin out all but the strongest plant by removing its siblings with pruning shears or scissors. Remove any weeds that have been growing in your containers while waiting for your watermelon plants to grow; these will compete with them for nutrients and water.
As soon as the plants germinate, remove all but the strongest seedling from each pot.
You should have a strong seedling within two weeks. As soon as the plants germinate, remove all but the strongest seedling from each pot. This ensures that your watermelon will grow to its maximum size, and that you won’t be watering the plant more than necessary.
Keep your new plants well watered and keep their soil moist; but don’t let it get waterlogged! Watermelons also need plenty of sunlight—but not direct sunlight! Watermelons love warm temperatures; try moving them outdoors in early spring so they can get used to their new home before planting them outside later in springtime.
Make sure your new seedlings are healthy by making sure they’re receiving enough food through water or fertilizer (depending on what kind they prefer). If pests or disease appear on any part of their leaves, make sure you treat them immediately with an organic fungicide or insecticide spray so that it doesn’t spread further into other parts of the plant’s growth cycle during summer months when it could cause greater damage later down road if left untreated.”
Watermelons need to be watered frequently and evenly throughout the growing season. Apply 1 inch of water per week either with rainfall or irrigation.
Watermelons need to be watered frequently and evenly throughout the growing season. Apply 1 inch of water per week either with rainfall or irrigation. Watering with rainwater is ideal, but if you don’t have a way to catch rainwater, you can use a drip irrigation system that applies small amounts at regular intervals rather than large amounts all at once (this is better for your plants). When watering, water at the base of the plant where it meets the soil—don’t let any water pool on top of leaves or stems!
Container grown watermelons can be nutritious and delicious.
Growing watermelons in containers is a great way to garden in small spaces. Watermelons are a sweet and delicious summertime treat, and they’re also nutritious. Watermelons are high in vitamins A and C, providing more than 100% of the daily recommended value for each. They’re also a good source of lycopene; one cup of watermelon contains almost as much lycopene as a similar amount of red bell pepper (2).
Watermelon is one of the most popular fruits grown in U.S., with about 60% of households purchasing whole or sliced fruit at least once per month (3). Growing your own watermelon offers many benefits over buying one from the store:
- You can save money by growing it yourself
- Growing your own means you’re getting local produce that was planted days ago instead of weeks or months ago
- You can eat healthy foods like watermelon without having to worry about contamination from pesticides and other chemicals used on non-organic produce
So you’re ready to grow a watermelon in a container. It might seem like a daunting task, but with these tips and tricks from us here at Gardena, your watermelon will be delicious and nutritious in no time! Remember that the key to success is keeping your plant healthy, so check it often during its growing period. If you have any questions or comments regarding this article then feel free to leave them below—we would love to hear from you!