Have you ever heard the statement: the real money is in the size? Yes, size plays a very key role in the market price of your watermelon.
While every new farmer is excited with the number of balls of watermelon he sees on the farm, an experienced farmer is much more concerned about the size.
Yes, the bigger the size, the higher the market value. Why should you be very concerned about size?
As soon as your product gets too the market, you will see the bulk buyers separating your watermelon balls based on their sizes.
You will have extra large, large, medium, and small. Or in some cases, grade A, B, C and D.
And as you know, the sizes have different prices.
So, today, let’s talk about the various measures you can take that will contribute greatly to your large watermelon sizes, and in return, make you more money.
Choose a Good Watermelon Variety
Yes, everything begins from the right seed. Like many fruits and vegetables, watermelons come in different varieties that affect the mature size.
If you want large watermelons, choose a variety that is designed to produce large fruit. There are some particular varieties that do well in Nigeria and that produce big fruits.
This is further explained in the Watermelon Production Blueprint.
2. Avoid Overcrowding Your Plant
A planting distance of 4 feet to 6 feet gives larger watermelon varieties the amount of space needed to grow fully.
This gives the plant enough space to trail as it grows without being crowded.
So don’t plant too many seeds per hole, and don’t make the space too small. You will get fruits but they will be very small. Don’t be greedy about this.
It pays off to have fewer extra large watermelon than so many small ones.
3. You Need Sunlight
The planting location needs full sunlight of 6 to 8 hours daily. So, don’t plant under trees or shades. This will greatly enhance the photosynthetic activities of your plant and yield great result.
4. Provide the Right Nutrients
Care and maintenance are key to your success in growing watermelon. Without these, your watermelon plants are likely to grow slowly or become damaged by pests or disease.
To maximize the size of the melons, ensure the soil is always kept moist.
The truth is, if you plant at the right season and follow the instruction found in the Watermelon Production Manual, you will not likely do manual watering, because there will be sufficient water from the rains then.
Another important factor is fertilizer. Be sure to use granular fertilizer during the period.
The fertilizer encourages faster growth and larger watermelons.
5. Know When to Harvest
Harvesting your watermelons too early results in smaller fruit that lacks flavor.
Most large watermelon varieties require around 85 days to reach maturity, so the calendar can help you determine how long to let your watermelons grow.
A ripe watermelon has a white or yellow color on the underside and the rind goes from shiny to dull.
There are about 5 ways to know when your watermelon is ripe.
Would you love to watch a video presentation that explains a very simple way to know if your watermelon is ripe for harvesting? Get the Watermelon Production Manual and you will find the video as one of your bonuses. Click Here for full detail.
Go ahead and put these strategies into good use. You will be surprised at how this will significantly contribute to your success.
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To a bumper, extra large watermelon harvest.