Grow sweet watermelon in field is useful for peoples living in villages or in area where they have open space.
This is tips are useful for a farmer who to grow watermelon in his field. This delicious fruits are rich in nutrition and help body to work better. Also it gives satisfaction when grow and many butterflies comes near it’s flowers.
So, I will suggest you 10 ways by which you can grow Watermelons in open space or field.
Best methods to grow them :-
- Choose good quality seeds
- Plough the field
- Give water timely
- Proper place for vine
- Big mistakes to avoid
- My experience
Choose good quality seeds –
To get top quality fruits, you need to get best quality seeds from market. We advice you to spend some money and purchase high quality seeds.
There are many companies who are selling good quality seeds. If you try to save your money in this things you can never assume to get delicious and juicy sweet Watermelon.
There are many types of Watermelon categories :-
- Queen of Hearts
- King of Hearts
- Jack of Hearts
- Charleston Gray
- Black Diamond
- Crimson Sweet
Put best quality soil –
- Plough the field properly to grow sweet watermelon.
- Then use water pumps or if you get water from canal. Just provide water to seeds
- Plough it again after 2-3 days to make soil better.
- Hire a tractor and do the seedlings of Watermelons
- Buy hybrid seeds from market, not Directly from watermelon.
- Give water timely to plants almost once per week
- Wait for minimum 40-50 days to get first watermelon
Plough the field
When seeds comes out and convert into vines. Then many types of weeds will also grow but should have to remove them by (kasi) or (favda). You need to try to maintain nutrients of soil so that Watermelons vines get enough food.
Weeds soaks the much amount of nutrition of soil and if you not remove them timely, they will even destroy your plants too. And no one wants to eat weeds lol.
You should need to remove this weeds 2-3 times in 2 months. They can grow again but if you spray and add fertilizers to field you can conquer the extra plant’s.
Give water timely
As I already mentioned above that water is most important for grow sweet Watermelon to in a feild. Than questions arise, How many times in a month?
The best answer is we should need to give once per week in the field to grow delicious watermelons in field.
These fruits helps in increase water of body and if we not give them what they need, then they destroy and we not get what we want. So, It is mandatory to give them proper nutrition and good manure to grow faster and grow best quality fruits.
Proper place for vine
The main problem occurs, only if you put seeds very close to another plants. They may not get proper nutrition and place to grow. You must need to add manure time to time to grow amazing plants.
Always keep in mind before grow sweet watermelon that they need much amount of space and if you have short gardens, never plant so much seeds their.
If you have big gardens or place to grow then you can go forward. These fruits vines are climbers and can climb even on a rope. So, I suggest you to find proper place before doing anything.
- Homemade fertilizer
- Market fertilizer
Homemade – It is best for any fruits to give them proper nutrition and help them grow faster. Some of these are :-
Compost tea – if you make tea, obviously all houses make teas. You can collect all waste tea and dry it. After that you can spread it in your field. It will show great results.
Cow dung – If you want cow dung for your field, you can contact nearby place where many cows are stored. They have lots of cow dung and easily give at reasonable prices.
Rock phosphate – It also helps to grow sweet watermelon.
Earthworm castings – you can also buy them from those farmers who have much amount of earthworms in their field. They also helps in making soil more fertile
Epsom salt etc.
If you not find anything from these, you can also choose market fertilizers.
Market fertilizers – In the beginning of Watermelon, we should give them Fertilizers which is nitrogen based. After few days when flowers start coming we need to give them Fertilizers with phosphorus and potassium rich nutrients. These helps in making big and sweet Watermelons.
Big mistakes to avoid
Pests – Cucumber beetles, Aphids and Squash vine borers
Cucumber beetles and vine borers are difficult to get rid of them. Some nematodes like soldier beetles, braconid wasps or any other commercially available products can help them to kill.
Aphids can easily controlled by strong spray of water.
Harvest- Most people take off the fruit from plant when they look shiny but in case of these,
- fruit is delicious when it is rough
- when tendrils are browny
- When it makes hollow sounds on thumped
- Always cut tendrils with knife and not just pull it
- Look at it color, the more yellow – the more it is sweeter
Fertilizers – Around 3 to 4 weeks after planting, apply a side-dressing of a balanced granular fertilizer such as 15-15-15 at a rate of two-thirds to 1 pound per 100 square feet of soil.
I was growing these delicious and nutritious fruits from my childhood. My grandfather helps me in all of these works and I enjoy a lot working with them. We have big garden in my village.
There we grow many vegetables like- ladyfingers, bottle guard, Tomatoes, Potatoes, sweet potatoes etc. And fruits like zuzube, guava, pomegranate, lemon, watermelon etc. So, I always give you advice which I follow and you should also follow.