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By: Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Some of us expect to growwatermelons this season. We know they need plenty of growing room,sunshine, and water. Perhaps we’re not sure which typeof watermelon to grow though, since there are many to choose from. Why nottry growing Fordhook watermelons. Read on to learn more about them.

Fordhook Hybrid Melon Info

Many of us may look for open-pollinated heirloom types,proven to be wonderful to eat. However, if we have limited time to spend on thewatermelon patch, we might consider growing Fordhook melons. This watermelon isdrought tolerant once established and needs less care than most.

Its taste is compared to that of the SugarBaby icebox melon, and some say it tastes a little better. Fordhook meloninformation reminds us of certain considerations of Fordhook watermelon care.

How to Grow Fordhook Watermelons

Before planting this watermelon in the garden, make sure thesoil is weakly acidic and alkaline, with a pH of 6.5 to 7.5. Takea soil test if you don’t know the soil pH. Prepare soil by tilling andremoving rocks. Remove all weeds and add well-finished compost to enrich thesoil.

Don’t plant until the soil warms to 61 F. (16 C.) and all chanceof frost has passed. Choose a sunny spot where the first morning sun lastsuntil noon, or around 2 p.m. in cooler zones. Melons can potentially getsunburn in higher zones on hot afternoons.

Plant seeds or seedlings about 8 feet (2.4 meters) or so apartto accommodate a big root system.

Leave room for vines to stretch out roughly 6 feet (1.8 m.) orfurther.

Fordhook Watermelon Care

Keep soil moist until seedlings or transplants havedeveloped a hardy root system. Even drought-tolerant plants need regularwatering when first planted. At this point, you might neglect watering a day orso. Check to see if the soil has dried out before leaving the watering toanother day.

When to water your melon patch will depend a good deal onhow hot days are in your area. Fordhook watermelon is a vigorous grower and youdon’t want to slow growth by lack of water.

Fruits are usually ready to harvest in about 74 days and willgenerally weigh about 14 to 16 lbs.

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Fruit Weight The average weight of the fruit produced by this product.

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Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

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How to Sow and Plant

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Direct sowing is recommended, but to get a head start you can start watermelon indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost in individual biodegradable pots indoors. Sow 2-3 seeds per pot.
  • Sow seeds 1 inch deep in seed-starting formula
  • Keep the soil moist at 70 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-10 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Thin to one plant per pot. PLEASE NOTE: Seedless varieties do not produce pollen and therefore cannot pollinate themselves. A pollinator (seeded variety) is included to insure a good fruit harvest. Both seedless and the pollinator seed must be planted together. The pollinator seed is the larger seed.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Sowing Directly in the Garden

  • Sow in fertile, warm soil after danger of frost has passed.
  • Sow seeds 3 inches apart in groups of 4-6 in raised hills. Cover with 1 inch of fine soil and firm lightly.
  • Space groups 5-7 feet apart each way.
  • Keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-10 days.
  • Thin to 2 or 3 strongest seedlings in each group when they are 1-2 inches high.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Seedless varieties do not produce pollen and therefore cannot pollinate themselves. A pollinator (seeded variety) is included to insure a good fruit harvest. Both seedless and the pollinator seed must be planted together. The pollinator seed is the larger seed.


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  • Botanical Name: Phaseolus lunatus 'Fordhook 242'
  • Height: 20 inches .
  • Spacing: 3 - 6 inches.
  • Depth: 1 - 1.5 inches.
  • Spread: 24 inches .
  • Light Required: Full Sun
  • Pollinator: Self pollinating.
  • Yield: 25 pounds shelled/100 foot row.
  • Size: 2 Oz Pkt
  • Fruit: Plump with 3 - 4 cream colored beans per pod.
  • Days To Maturity: 75 Days
  • Zone: 3-9
  • Germination: 7 - 10 Days
  • Form: Vegetable, Bean, Lima Bean
  • Soil Requirements: Sandy Soil
  • Growth Rate: Medium growth rate.
  • Seed Count: 2 oz. packet is approximately 50 seeds, 1/2 lb. is approximately 400 seeds and 2lbs. is approx. 800 seeds
  • Foliage: Green foliage.
  • Botanical Name: Phaseolus lunatus 'Fordhook 242'
  • Height: 20 inches .
  • Spacing: 3 - 6 inches.
  • Depth: 1 - 1.5 inches.
  • Spread: 24 inches .
  • Light Required: Full Sun
  • Pollinator: Self pollinating.
  • Yield: 25 pounds shelled/100 foot row.
  • Size: 1/2 Lb
  • Fruit: Plump with 3 - 4 cream colored beans per pod.
  • Days To Maturity: 75 Days
  • Zone: 3-9
  • Germination: 7 - 10 Days
  • Form: Vegetable, Bean, Lima Bean
  • Soil Requirements: Sandy Soil
  • Growth Rate: Medium growth rate.
  • Seed Count: 2 oz. packet is approximately 50 seeds, 1/2 lb. is approximately 400 seeds and 2lbs. is approx. 800 seeds
  • Foliage: Green foliage.
  • Botanical Name: Phaseolus lunatus 'Fordhook 242'
  • Height: 20 inches .
  • Spacing: 3 - 6 inches.
  • Depth: 1 - 1.5 inches.
  • Spread: 24 inches .
  • Light Required: Full Sun
  • Pollinator: Self pollinating.
  • Yield: 25 pounds shelled/100 foot row.
  • Size: 2 Lb
  • Fruit: Plump with 3 - 4 cream colored beans per pod.
  • Days To Maturity: 75 Days
  • Zone: 3-9
  • Germination: 7 - 10 Days
  • Form: Vegetable, Bean, Lima Bean
  • Soil Requirements: Sandy Soil
  • Growth Rate: Medium growth rate.
  • Seed Count: 2 oz. packet is approximately 50 seeds, 1/2 lb. is approximately 400 seeds and 2lbs. is approx. 800 seeds
  • Foliage: Green foliage.

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The type of product you order or the weather in our area to yours may affect the anticipated shipping schedule, shifting earlier or later, depending.

Trees and shrubs are kept in the nursery row until full dormant for optimum stress protection.

In all cases, we choose the fastest, most efficient way to send your orders via the U.S. Postal Service or FedEx. Large orders or large items may be shipped to you in multiple packages.

Sorry, we cannot ship products to Hawaii, Alaska, APO/FPO or outside the contiguous United States. Please provide a street address as some products are unable to be delivered to Post Office boxes.

Most times, orders having items with different shipping schedules are held in full until the entire order is ready to ship based on your grow zone.

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Watermelon plant flowers

You will see lots of flowers on your watermelon plants. However, not all of these will turn into watermelons.

There are male flowers and female flowers.

The male flowers will emerge first and will be a bit smaller. There will be more male flowers than female flowers.

Female watermelon flower

The female flowers are the ones that will grow watermelons.

What is the best month to plant watermelon

April is the best month to plant watermelon. However, this answer really depends on your hardiness zone.

If you live in an area in which summer comes later, the best month to plant watermelon is May or early June.

Spring is the best time to plant watermelon. You will avoid frost, and the ground will be warm enough to grow watermelons.

Eating homegrown watermelons

It’s a great feeling to grow watermelon. Eating it, of course, is the best part.

While you won’t want to share your homegrown watermelons with many, a common question is if dogs can eat watermelon.

They can if it’s cut into small pieces. Be sure to remove seeds and any rind.

Because watermelon is hydrating, it’s best to give it on hot days to help with water intake or for an occasional treat.

You worked hard! To make full use of the watermelons you grew. If you have chickens, feed them the rinds. You can also compost watermelon rinds.


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