How do you find relief? A nice, sweet and juicy, ice cold piece of watermelon - that's how! Wild watermelon grows widely in Africa and Asia. In the southern African Kalahari desert, it is known as Tsamma. By 2000 BC they were grown in the Nile Valley in Egypt. Europeans introduced watermelon to indigenous Americans in the 1500's. Intertribal trading spread seeds throughout North America.
Culture: Direct sow when surface soil temperature reaches at least 24 C (75 F). Compacted soil inhibits growth. Watermelons make their best growth on quickly draining soil with a neutral pH. Growth pattern is very similar to cantaloupe and muskmelon. Seeds require 5-10 days at a soil temperature of 24 C (75 F) to germinate - any lower and germination will be inhibited. Sow 6-8 seeds per hill, 12 mm (1/2") deep in hills spaced 1.8-2.4 m (6-8') from each other. After seedling emergence, thin to 3-4 plants per hill. Keep plants evenly watered all season long.