It depends on what kind of watermelons you want to plant. Sugar babies take
a lot less time to grow than Black Diamond.
You don't say where you are. Most seed packs tell you how many days to
germination, and all need the right temps to germinate.
You might try sometime, planting them inside about a month before you can
transplant them outside. You don't want to wait any longer, because they
have a "tap root". If you leave them inside too long, the "tap root" curls
around inside the planting pot, and I feel it will cause you to get the
wrong signals for when the time is right for picking the melon. I have
waited longer and had to water them all summer every second or third day or
they will die. Then when the tendril closest to the melon and its leaf
dried up I picked the melon. It wasn't ripe enough. I believe that the
reason they dried out too soon, was the fact that the "tap root" wasn't
given the opportunity to grown down and provide its own water.
Hope this helps. Dwayne
Watermelons like light sandy soil and heat. They will certainly in eastern New
York along the coast. It is easier to grow the short season "icebox" types than
the main season melons. Look at www.johnnyseeds.com/ . This is a Maine based
company which caters to northern gardeners. I f they sell it it will probably
grow in your are. Easiets and earliest that I have tried is the New Hampshire
Midget. A small 2- 5 lb melon. Not a lot of taste but pretty indestructable.
Seeds are getting hard to find.
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