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Do watermelons readily cross with other vine crops resulting in off-flavor and poor - quality fruit? A. Watermelon varieties readily cross with each other and with the wild citron.

Watermelon Production

Sites and Soils Watermelons grow best on sandy loam soils which are well drained and slightly acid. When planted on very heavy soils, the plants develop slowly, and fruit size and quality are usually inferior.


Crop Profile for Watermelons in Virginia Prepared: April, 2003 General Production Information ● In 2001, 1,600 acres of watermelons were planted and 1,400 acres

Watermelon Production in California

Watermelons respond very favorably to drip irrigation. Applying water regularly increases fruit set, fruit size, and yield. The cost of drip irrigation, about $200 to $400 per acre ($500-$1,000/ha) prorated over multiple seasons, must be justified by higher yields.

Farmnote 75/94 : Watermelons : growing and harvesting [WA AGRIC]

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Crop Profile for Watermelons in Delaware

Crop Profile for Watermelons in Delaware Prepared: January, 1999 Revised: August 15, 2006 Revised: July, 2007 PRODUCTION FACTS (1) • In 2005, 136,400 acres of watermelon were harvested in the United States with production concentrated in Florida, Texas, Georgia, and California.

Crop Time Line for Cantaloupes, Honeydews, and Watermelons in ...

3 Introduction This time line has been written to provide specific information on crop production of cantaloupes, honeydews, and watermelons grown in California.

Watermelon Production in California

SOILS Watermelons grow best on nonsaline sandy loam or silt loam soils. Light-textured fields warm up faster in the spring and are therefore favored for early production.

Watermelon in the Garden

May 2004 HG/2004-10 Watermelon in the Garden Dan Drost and Rick Hefelbower , Vegetable Specialists Summary Watermelons prefer a sunny location and fertile, well drained soils.


In sections where winter rainfall is over 12 inches and the soil stores 9 inches of water, watermelons grow reasonably well without irrigation, although irrigation increases yields.