Wally The Watermelon

Nothing says summer like me, I am easy to grow and produce vines that create some of the juiciest watermelons you have ever tasted.  I prefer to be planted on a slight mound in groups of 3 plants and then branch out, so make sure to give me plenty of room.  I grow beautiful melons with dark green stripes.  I have been known to get as big as 25 pounds.  My insides are what really count, sweet, red, juicy flesh.  The perfect treat for a hot sunny day.

Growing instructions:
Watermelons take up a lot of room.  They grow on long vines with lots of leaves.  Watermelons do need pollen from other plants, so make sure to plant a few watermelons next to each other.  Make a small mound of dirt about one foot tall for your plants, they do not like to grow in puddles and tend to branch out.  If you have a small hill, plant the watermelons on the top and train the vines to grow downward. 

After a few weeks, look for the biggest and strongest vine and train in the direction you want it to grow.  Have a grown up help you snip off the smaller weaker vines leaving one main vine for each plant.  This will help your plant grow bigger fruits

It is very important to water your plants.  The first part of its name is “Water” and not only do the plants need it to grow; it is what makes up most of the melon you are trying to grow.  It is recommended that each pant needs one inch a week of water.  They have a small shallow root system just below the surface.  It is hard to judge how much water that is, so make sure that you go out every few days and water the base of the plant and the area around it.  Just make sure the dirt around the plant never dries out and you will do great.

You know when your pant is ready to be harvested by a few different clues.  When the stem where the watermelon connects to the vine is brown or looks dead, it is ready.  Check the bottom of the watermelon and if it is creamy-white it is ready. The green skin will also be duller and tougher than it was during the growing season.  Have fun eating the watermelon you grew yourself.