What should be the plant spacing for cucurbits?
Watermelon plants should have about 25 square feet per plant. If you are planting on 8 foot rows, the plants should be about 3 feet apart. If you are planting on 6 foot rows, the plants should be about 4 feet apart. Cantaloupes need about 20 square feet per plant, and cucumbers should have about 6 square feet per plant. Arrange the plants to fit your equipment and situation.
One month ago, watermelon production in southeast Mississippi was on track. Now, growers there have lost much of their crop to the summer’s wet weather.
RAYMOND, Miss. -- Watermelon production is on track despite cool weather at planting.
“I’ve been in our watermelon fields a good bit over the past several days,” Heath Steede, Mississippi State University Extension agent in George County, said on June 9. “The crop looks really good. We had a slow start with the cool nights this spring, but they caught up later. The watermelons are stacked in there, and we’ll have a good crop as far as the number of melons.”
Continuous rains, however, have Steede a little concerned.
Good spring weather conditions in southeast Mississippi kept watermelon production on track.
Some Mississippi watermelon producers lost crops or got a late start because of wet spring weather. But consumers should find the sweet, summer treats on shelves in time for the July 4 holiday.