[Market-farming] Watermelons

pam at twinoaks.org pam at twinoaks.org
Fri Sep 16 15:42:28 EDT 2005

I'm interested to know what spacings others use for watermelons, and any other 
spacings you've tried and found not so good. We grow Crimson Sweet, 2 ft apart in 
the row, with 5.5 ft row spacing. We used to grow them in rows 10ft apart, but a few 
years ago I read some research saying that watermelons need 10 sq ft each, and 
don't do better with more. Apparently it doesn't matter if it's 2ft x 5 ft or 1ft x 10ft or 3ft 
x 3 ft! Has anyone else heard this? Can you quote me the reference?

Someone here is trying to persuade me that I'll get bigger melons if we go back to 
our old 10ft spacing. I'm sceptical, as I don't remember them getting smaller when 
we switched to the closer rows. His reason is that he thinks bigger melons are 
sweeter. I'm thinking of organising a blind taste test with cubes of watermelon from 
different size melons to find out if this is really true. I'd appreciate hearing others' 

We're in zone 6b or 7, and have irrigation, and hay mulch. And we've just quit picking 
the melons for this year as we have a big pile of them.

Pam Dawling, Twin Oaks Community, central Virginia

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