“Mini Love” Watermelon Plant
MEG’s “Mini Love” Watermelon Plant produces 6-7” personal-sized watermelons.
5 Helpful Points:
- 6-7” personal-size watermelons.
- Expected yield: 4-5+ melons per plant
- Great for dessert or special occasion treat
- Full sun preferred
- Won’t tolerate frost. Prefers low temperatures above 55F for best performance
When to expect ripe watermelon
Fruit may begin to ripen as early as late July depending on weather. This plant will continue to flower and fruit up until the nighttime lows drop below 50F. Expect at least 4-5+ melons per plant.
Meg’s “Mini Love” Watermelon Plants grow on fruiting vines. This plant is monoecious which means both female and male flowers are located on the same plant. Because of this, the plant requires pollinators (i.e. bees) to distribute the pollen. Hand pollination may be required for successful fruiting to occur if pollinators are not in the area.
Basic care information for “Mini Love” Watermelon plants
Thoroughly saturate the grow bag with water in the morning before the heat of the day arrives. If daytime highs are consistently above 70F, your plant will need to be watered daily. Check the grow bag frequently by using the finger method described on the bag tag. Apply water to the base of the plant. Avoid splashing water onto any part of the leaves because splashing water can spread diseases.
Stake or brace your “Mini Love” Watermelon plant before it begins to set fruit. This plant does well on vertical trellises and cages. The vines may also be spread out over the ground. However, securing the vines vertically will make it easier for pollinators to access flowers unless grass or vegetation is kept short.
Apply supplemental fertilizer after the first round of melons are harvested. Any balanced fertilizers labelled for fruits and vegetables will be sufficient.
Note: watermelon plants need LOTS of water due to the surface area of the leaves and the water required for your favorite fruit. It may be necessary to add water twice a day on hot/dry days unless watering is automated. Continue to monitor your plant on these hot days.
Check out MEG’s Edible Knowledge Base for more information on watermelon plants.