Plant watermelon in New York

Jimmy (xiaoke) Shen
3 min readApr 25, 2023

Last year, I planted some water melon at my backyard. It was surprisingly success as I can wait until the water melon if fully ripe. In this article, I’d like to record this process for this year in case anyone wants to have a try.

April 13, 2023 11:20 pm

Put the seed into a ice coffee cup. The seed is covered by 1 inch (2.5cm) soil. Please drill some holes at the bottom of the cup to make sure there is no extra water in the cup.

April 22, 2023

9 Days later, we can see that the baby watermelon is growing.

April 24, 2023

One broke ground, two are working on it.

May 5, 2023, 6:18 pm

They are growing big with stronger root, however, recent the new york’s outdoor temperate is very low. The lowest is about 9 °C. It will be warm since this Sunday (May 7, 2023), and I will move them to outdoor then.

May 7, 2023

Move baby watermelon to outside

Carefully cut the plastic cup and take the baby watermelon out with the soil.
Plant the baby watermelon outside
Another one
The first two are staying happily with strawberries.

June 5, 2023

NY’s weather is cold this year and baby watermelons are growing up slowly.

You can see that the watermelon is getting ready to clim.

June 20, 2023

Weather is warm now and the watermelon is growing faster than before.

June 27, 2023

My first watermelon flower this year.

The watermelon is growing bigger and bigger. The white flower is the strawberry’s flower. We do have the first yellow watermelon flower, see next photo.
The first flower of my watermelon

July 4, 2023

Water melon plants are growing
Baby watermelon