After going to the grocery store and seeing a monster watermelon (which, okay, I admit it, I bought it for the seeds), I decided it was time to pull the watermelons that were growing in my self-watering container. That plus the fact that the leaves and stem were more brown than green.
Sugar baby on the left, regular on the right.
My mother-in-law has a sugar baby that’s about ten inches tall that she picked (which I forgot to take a picture of). Her plant is growing in the ground.
So, what did I learn? You can successfully grow watermelons in a small city lot. You can successfully grow watermelons in containers…you may want to refer to them as diet watermelons, though, since they won’t get too big and are the perfect size for one person.
Here’s a trick to picking a ripe watermelon. The thump the watermelon advice never worked for me. When you pick it up, it should feel heavy for its size and the underside where it grew on the ground should be a creamy color as opposed to white.
Did you know that one cup of watermelon contains only about 50 calories and has more of the antioxidant lycopene than even tomatoes, so it really is a healthy low calorie treat.
Will I grow it next year? Yeah. It’s a super easy to grow plant, but it does need a little elbow room. My mother-in-law didn’t use compost or Miracle Grow and hers did great. I’ll still do a couple of plants in the container because they’re the cutest little things, but I’ll find someplace to grow at least one plant in the ground.