The first year on our farm our family grew a half acre of watermelons.
This year I took a few of those harvested seeds and planted again with the idea of growing up.
When the kids harvested those seeds they only took them from the sugar baby melons, which is a smaller round fruit. Some of those plants cross pollinated and I ended up with huge watermelons.
So, my decision to grow upwards became a bit of a challenge when I discovered they weren’t sugar babies.
The idea of growing up is actually fun and the first thing you need is a strong structure. I used our rebar frame and added left over welded wire from fencing projects.
It worked great by coaching the vines to travel up, out and around. I was going to add more wire towards the top until I realized these melons were not Sugar Baby.
I was so disappointed. With that being said these melons were still really tasty!
The weight of each melon became an issue and I wasn’t sure how I would pull this off. So get this, I used panty hose as my source to keep them from breaking off the vine.
Each trailing melon was placed inside a nylon then tied off to the rebar.
This worked well but I’m not sure how long it will last because wait till you see the size of the melons growing on the ground.
This was the first watermelon and it’s still not ready to harvest. It’s absolutely gigantic receiving plenty of sunlight and water. There are about three others on the ground catching up to this one.
Planting Watermelons – key Things to Remember
- Well fertilized soil is a must.
- They require lots of water.
- You need at least 8 hours of sunlight.
- They’re ready to harvest when the stem dries out.
- After you harvest the entire crop the soil will need natural nutrients added immediately.
- Watermelons remove a lot of nutrients from the soil.
I think we can agree that it might not have been the best year to grow watermelons upward and I should have started with new seeds.
With that being said it’s been a fun discovery and I’d like to encourage you to try this idea in your garden.