Watermelon in hoophouse ?

compulsivegrower(8)April 15, 2013

Hello PNW gardeners

Has anyone in Zone 8 grown Watermelons in a hoophouse successfully ? I know there are obvious challenges like pollination & heat but I wanted to see if anyone has tried it and what the results were ?

Thanks :D

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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Friend has done it north of Seattle for years. Last time I visited was including a circulating ventilation system that used the hot air between the outer covering and the soil to heat the soil.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2013 at 8:19PM
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compulsivegrower(8)

Thanks for response bboy, but I really have no idea what you're tryin to say ?! Your friend heated the soil with some sort of system ?

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 2:19AM
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cedar_wa(z8)

In our 4-H garden, we had Yellow Doll ripen without any protection. Accidently piled some darkish wood on the north side of the watermelons and they really warmed up.
This year we will use a small hoophouse, black plastic to warm the soil before putting in seedlings and use the dark wood once it gets warmer outdoors. The kids will start the seeds next week in a greenhouse.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 6:24PM
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compulsivegrower(8)

Great to here cedar wa ! I think I am going to try to grow them this year

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 6:41PM
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larry_gene

Yellow Doll and another orange-fleshed small melon did well here several years ago with no coverings. Started indoors with heat. Planted out early June, ripened in late September.

These are the small "icebox"-type melons, the bigger stuff will likely need all kinds of coverings.

Cottontail melon did well.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 11:18PM
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Biblegeek119NW

I planted the heirloom variety in 2012 (doing again this year-13) right on the ground, uncovered and it gave 3 watermelons! I was told to get the variety called "Sugar Baby". Although it didn't ripe on the vine, I picked and left in the counter in my kitchen and in the end of Nov. beginning of December I cut it open and it was red, flavorful and filled with seeds :)

    Bookmark   May 16, 2013 at 11:28PM
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