Watermelons are symbolic of summertime get-togethers and the staple of nearly everyone’s dessert trays. But how does one grow and care for watermelons in the garden? Find out here. These articles help with growing watermelons, harvesting them and keeping them free of pests and disease throughout the season. You'll even learn about different types of watermelons to suit any garden.
By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
Some of us expect to grow watermelons this season. We know they need plenty of growing room, sunshine, and water. Perhaps we’re not sure which type of watermelon to grow though, since there are many to choose from. Why not try Fordhook. Learn more here.
Though several varieties of open pollinated watermelon are available, newly introduced hybrid cultivars also offer interesting and unique characteristics – like ‘New Orchid,’ which offers growers a distinct sherbet colored flesh perfect for fresh eating. Learn more here.
Yellow watermelons can be used with or as a substitute for pink and red watermelons, for fun summer treats or cocktails. This summer, if you feel like getting adventurous in the garden, you may enjoy growing a Yellow Crimson watermelon plant. Learn more here.
In order to grow the best crop of watermelons, it is best to familiarize yourself with pests and diseases that may impact their overall health. One such disease, watermelon southern blight, is especially harmful during the hottest parts of the growing season. Learn more here.
By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
Watermelons grow many more blossoms than they need to produce fruit. Click this article to learn when blossom drop is serious, when it is normal, and how to determine between the two so we can get your watermelons to grow into big, juicy fruit.
When you have watermelons with charcoal rot in your garden, don’t count on getting those melons to the picnic table. This fungal disease usually kills the plants. If you are growing melons, click here for more information about charcoal rot and what to do when you see it.
For an early, compact, and delicious melon, it’s hard to beat Yellow Doll watermelons. As an added bonus, these melons have a unique yellow flesh. The flavor is sweet and tasty and the fruits are a manageable size. Learn more in this article.
Watermelons can take 90 to 100 days to maturity. That's a long time when you're craving that sweet, juiciness and beautiful scent of a ripe melon. Cole's Early will be ripe and ready in just 80 days, shaving a week or more off your wait time. Click here to learn more.
King of Hearts is an excellent seedless watermelon. These melon plants need plenty of sun and heat to produce the big fruits. Try growing a King of Hearts watermelon and forget about the seeds as you eat it like a grown up. Click this article to learn how to grow this melon.
Watermelons are some of the most quintessential summer fruits out there. One popular option is the Black Diamond Yellow Flesh melon. Click here to learn more about growing Yellow Flesh Black Diamond watermelon vines in the garden.
If you love watermelon but don’t have the family size to devour a huge melon, you’ll love Little Baby Flower watermelons. What is a Little Baby Flower watermelon? Click here to learn how to grow watermelon Little Baby Flower and about Little Baby Flower care.
If you’ve never sampled a Tastigold watermelon, you’re in for a big surprise. On the outside, Tastigold melons look much like any other melon. However, the inside of a watermelon Tastigold is a beautiful shade of yellow. Interested in giving it a try? Click here for more info.
All cold, ripe watermelons have fans on hot afternoons, but some types of melons are particularly delicious. Many put Tiger Baby watermelons in that category, with their super-sweet, bright red meat. If you are interested in growing Tiger Baby melons, click here.
Desert King is a drought tolerant watermelon that still produces reliably juicy melons. Interested in learning how to grow a Desert King? The following article contains Desert King melon information for growing and care.
Heirloom melons are those that have been around for at least 50 years. If you’re interested in growing heirloom melons, Tendergold melons are a good way to start. Click on the following article and learn how to grow Tendergold watermelons.
When you get right down to it, there are a lot of watermelon varieties to choose from. But what if all you want is a good, vigorous, delicious, quintessential watermelon? Then watermelon ?All Sweet? might be what you?re after. Learn more in this article.
Not all watermelons are created equal, and taste and texture can vary among cultivars. With so many gardeners listing these as their favorites, it only makes sense to try growing Ali Baba melons. Click here for more information on Ali Baba watermelon care.
Charleston Gray watermelons are huge, elongated melons, named for their greenish-gray rind. Growing heirloom watermelons like Charleston Gray isn?t difficult if you can provide plenty of sunlight and warmth. Learn how in this article.
What is a Buttercup watermelon? If you?re interested in learning about growing Yellow Buttercup watermelons, then click here to find out about Yellow Buttercup watermelon care and other interesting Yellow Buttercup watermelon info.
Who doesn't like fresh, juicy watermelon? Sweet is one of the best tasting watermelons and has many disease resistant traits. This makes growing Crimson Sweet melons easy, even for novice gardeners. Find out more about this watermelon here.
When asked to picture a watermelon, most people have a pretty clear image in their heads: green rind, red flesh. But there are actually several yellow varieties of watermelon on the market. One is the Yellow Baby watermelon. Learn more about Yellow Baby melon care here.
There are many aspects gardeners take into consideration when deciding which varieties of watermelon to grow. For some growers, choosing varieties which produce large melons is non-negotiable. Learn some Black Diamond watermelon info in this article.
By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
Nothing is quite as tasty as homegrown. Jubilee watermelon info outlines a process of seeding and pinching blossoms that helps develop that sought-after taste. Click this article for detailed directions on how to grow a watermelon that will impress your family.
Homegrown watermelons are a long-time favorite in the edible summer garden. While open pollinated varieties are popular, the seeds may make them difficult to eat. Planting seedless varieties offer a solution to this dilemma. Learn about the watermelon ?Millionaire? variety here.
Watermelon root rot is a fungal disease caused by the pathogen Monosporascus cannonballus. Also known as watermelon vine decline, it can cause massive crop loss in affected plants. Learn more about the devastating disease in this article.
Watermelon bacterial rind necrosis sounds like an awful disease you could spot on a melon from a mile away, but no such luck. Bacterial rind necrosis disease usually is visible only when you cut open the melon. You can learn more about it in this article.
There's a fungus among us! Myrothecium leaf spot of watermelon is a mouthful to say but, luckily, it does minimal damage to those sweet, juicy fruits. It is the leaves that take the brunt of the fungi's attack. Learn more about the disease and its control in this article.
Watermelon gummy stem blight is a serious disease that afflicts all major cucurbits. It refers to the foliar and stem infecting phase of the disease and black rot refers to the fruit rotting phase. Find out what causes gummy stem blight in this article.
There?s nothing quite like biting into a sweet and juicy melon you?ve grown yourself. So it can be really devastating to discover that your vines are suffering from disease, especially one as prevalent as cercospora leaf spot. Learn about cercospora leaf spot of watermelons here.
Alternaria leaf blight is a common fungal disease of plants in the cucurbit species, which includes gourds, melons, and squash. Watermelons are specifically affected by this disease. In this article, we will take a closer look at the symptoms and control strategies.
Fungal diseases such as diplodia stem end rot on watermelons can be especially disheartening as the fruits you?ve patiently grown all summer suddenly seem to rot right off the vine. Click here to learn more about recognizing and treating stem end rot of watermelon.
Anthracnose is a destructive fungal disease that can cause serious problems in cucurbits, particularly in watermelon crops. If it gets out of hand, the disease can be very damaging and result in the loss of fruit or even vine death. Learn more in this article.
Powdery mildew in watermelons is one of the more common illnesses that affect this popular fruit. You can use management strategies to control or prevent an infection or apply fungicides to treat affected plants. This article can help with that.
A significant threat to your watermelons might just be a microscopic roundworm. Yes, I?m referring to nematodes of watermelon. How do you go about controlling watermelon nematodes? The following article contains information about watermelon nematode treatment.
Fresh watermelon right from your garden is such a treat in the summer. Unfortunately, your crop may be ruined by belly rot. Belly rot in watermelons is so disappointing, but there are steps you can take to prevent and control this damaging infection. Learn more here.
Watermelons can be susceptible to many disease and insect problems, sometimes both. One such condition both disease and insect related is squash leaf curl on watermelons or watermelon leaf curl. What is watermelon leaf curl? Click on this article for the answer.
Fusarium wilt of watermelon is an aggressive fungal disease that spreads from spores in the soil. What can you do about watermelons with fusarium wilt? Can the disease be controlled or treated? Learn how to manage fusarium wilt on watermelons in this article.
Cucurbit yellow vine disease is a bacterial disease caused by the pathogen Serratia marcescens. It infects plants in the cucurbit family. Click here to learn about treatment and control options for watermelons with cucurbit yellow vine disease.
Watermelon mosaic virus is introduced by a tiny insect so small they are difficult to see with the naked eye. These little troublemakers can cause serious adverse effects in watermelon crops. Here are some tricks on recognizing the disease and minimizing its damage.
Damping off is a problem that can affect many different species of plants. It can be a particular problem with watermelons that are planted under certain conditions. Click here to learn more about what makes watermelon seedlings die and how to prevent damping off.
Downy mildew on watermelons only affects the leaves and not the fruit. However, if left unchecked, it can defoliate the plant. It is important to implement downy mildew treatment immediately upon noticing the disease to protect the rest of the crop. Learn more here.
Thinning out fruit is also a common practice and is done to engender larger, healthier fruit by reducing competition for light, water and nutrients. If you want enormous watermelons, for example, then thinning the watermelon fruit is necessary. This article will help.
Are yellow watermelons natural? With over 1,200 varieties of watermelon on the market today, from seedless to pink to black rinded, it should be no surprise that, yes, even yellow fleshed types are available. Learn more in this article.
Watermelon comes in a multitude of cultivars and varies in size from the humongous to tiny individual sized. So what happens if you are growing watermelons and see stunted watermelon growth? No worries. This article will help.
Seedless watermelon is popular, but ?where do seedless watermelons come from if they have no seeds? and ?how do you grow seedless watermelons with no seeds?? Find the answers to these questions in the article that follows. Click here.
Growing your own watermelon may take a bit of work but is definitely rewarding. In order to get the sweetest, juiciest melon, what kind of fertilizer do you need to use on watermelon plants? This article will help answer that.
The finicky watermelon requires not only optimal temps but specific conditions for premium production, including proper watermelon plant spacing. So what is the correct way to space this melon? Read the following article to find out.
There are over 50 different varieties of watermelon, most of which you have probably never partaken of or seen. There are likely several watermelon plant varieties you would love to plant in the home garden. This article will help with that.
Watermelons are great plants for the home garden, until they get sick. Find out what to do when your favorite summer treat is under the weather in this article by learning what common things cause disease in watermelon plants.
You?re not the only one who enjoys a little watermelon in the summertime - there are lots of bugs that do, too. In this article, you will find a simple guide to the most common pests of watermelon plants in the garden.
Watermelons are a joy to have in any large garden, but they can turn into a nightmare riddled with anxiety when their leaves start to turn yellow or brown. So what are the reasons for watermelon leaves turning brown or yellow? Click here to find out.
If you are thinking of growing watermelon this year and haven?t yet decided what variety to attempt, you might want to think about growing sugar baby watermelons. What are sugar baby watermelons and how do you grow them? This article will help.
Have you ever had a watermelon that was so tasty you wished every melon you would eat in the future was just as juicy and sweet? Then maybe you have given some thought to harvesting seeds from watermelons and growing your own. This article will help.
Watermelon is synonymous with summertime and likely found at nearly every summer celebration. Many people try to grow their own and may encounter a watermelon plant that is not producing. So how to get watermelon to fruit? Find out in this article.
Love watermelon and would like to grow it but lack the garden space? No problem, try growing watermelon on a trellis. Watermelon trellis growing is easy and this article can help get you started with your watermelon vine support.
Many of us to try our hand at growing watermelon in our home gardens. Because the habitat of watermelon is vining, the fruit tends to need a lot of space, or possibly some cutting back of the watermelon vines. This article will help.
Slicing into a watermelon picked fresh from the vine is like opening a present on Christmas morning. But what if your watermelon is hollow inside? Read this article to learn more about watermelon hollow heart.
Watermelons are a summer favorite but sometimes gardeners find that these juicy melons can be a little tricky to grow. In particular, knowing how and when to water them. The advice in this article should help with that.
Everyone starts growing watermelons in their garden thinking that the fruit will grow, they will pick it in the summertime, slice it up and eat it. But there is a right time to pick a watermelon, and this article will help.