growing watermelon in 5 gallon bucket

kmrogers1285(9b Safety Harbor)May 7, 2010

Hi, I've been a watcher on this forum for a year or so and have been really impressed with everyone's wealth of knowledge and willingness to share ideas. I've read a couple of posts about growing watermelon in 5 gallon buckets and was wondering how it works. Do you have them grow up a trellis or just let them spill over? I've got several plants that I started from seed and am about ready to plant. I'm running out of garden space, and thought the 5 gallon bucket idea might be the way to go. Thanks!

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whgille(FL 9b)


I am growing a white watermelon on a trellis, the container is bigger than 5 gallon buckets. They need room to grow, mine is a small variety, a bigger watermelon would be heavy on the trellis unless you use some kind of support.


    Bookmark   May 7, 2010 at 7:55PM
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kmrogers1285(9b Safety Harbor)

Thanks Silvia,

I've got a raised bed garden that my husband built last spring. I may try growing them up the back trellis with some support. The watermelons I planted are a little bigger than the one you show, but not huge. Thanks, Karen

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   May 8, 2010 at 10:19AM
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whgille(FL 9b)


That is a nice bed, the watermelon will do well there and you can make a hammock out of an old t-shirt for the fruit.

Last season I had winter squash that was heavy on the trellis and did well.

Keep us updated on your watermelons, have a great season!


    Bookmark   May 8, 2010 at 2:06PM
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a hammock out of an old t-shirt - that's simply brilliant silvia!

    Bookmark   May 8, 2010 at 4:48PM
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