Can you transplant cucumbers and watermelon?
Watermelon and cantaloupe are transplanted often. Advantages of transplanting include earlier harvest, better control of plant population, and less seed cost per acre since seeds germinate under better conditions. Cucumbers are normally direct seeded, since there are so many more plants to the acre. All of these crops have very brittle transplants and need to be handled very carefully when being planted. They should be planted when the plants have three true leaves. Larger transplants tend to become intertwined and break during handling.
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.