I live in the state of Florida. I am trying to grow watermelon in my backyard. I prepared my sandy soil by adding topsoil and raised row followed by black plastic (this is how some of the growers do it). I transplanted plants into holes and plants seemed to be doing well, but I noticed a couple of my fruits are split, and they don't seem to be growing. They have been about the size of softballs, maybe a little bigger for awhile now. I use a garden hose with sprayer attachment to water. One gardener told my husband that I am watering too much. Then I read your article and it says to water at least 2 times a day in temps over 80 degrees. What am I doing wrong? Please help.
Why Are My Watermelons Splitting
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Irregular watering can cause this as well as overwatering. Are these watermelons in the ground or in containers? We recommend watering twice a day for watermelons in containers, but for ones in the ground a few times a week is all that you would need. This article will help you: