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25 Comments

  • Mohamed Saad 2 years ago

    great video, thanks?

  • vic green 2 years ago

    Though it might be required due to space limitations,
    pruning watermelon vines is not generally recommended and (I’m afraid) DOES
    NOT improve total yield, fruit size, or fruit quality. The greater the
    leaf to melon ratio, the better the fruit. With watermelons, you’d be
    better off letting the vines grow really long and allowing ONLY a melon (or
    2) per plant to focus all that energy soaked-up by those sun-loving leaves.

    Also, consider growing vertically. (Yes, with watermelons!)?

  • Wendi Phan 2 years ago

    This is awesome! I’m going to give my watermelon some attention to see if
    pruning is necessary. Thank you for making this so clear to understand!?

  • Kyle Lester 2 years ago

    If you trellised them up the wall you would save even more space. I think
    having multiple melons per vine could work if you had optimum soil
    fertility and a long enough growing season but just like most things having
    just 1 will make it bigger. The tendril getting brown/falling off is
    certainly not a 100% bet of ripeness. Many times I’ve picked the fruit that
    way to only find it pink inside…if anyone knows of a 100% sure fire way
    to tell please say because i find it one of the more difficult things to
    determine in gardening, hollow sound doesn’t always work either.?

  • JP Ramos 2 years ago

    How was the harvest of these watermelons??

  • New&Old 2 years ago

    Fantastic! Now I understand finally! Thanks!?

  • Leonard J Kovar 2 years ago

    David, how many individual plants did you have in that box to get 25
    melons? Thanks for the video. I’ll will be pruning my watermelons in the
    future.?

  • donze52 2 years ago

    I also use wild gourd leaf tea for bug repellent for my watermelons. see
    nothing in the bug world eats wild gourd leaves so the tea made from them
    acts like a bug repellent for your other crop leaves. no use growing
    watermelon then drowning it in
    pesticide?

  • Alli Hogan 2 years ago

    I till don’t see which leaves to prune.?

  • walt russell 2 years ago

    Do you do the same thing for cantaloupe?

  • Little Scar 2 years ago

    I could eat 20 watermelons in one day lol. The gutted bowls after cutting
    in half make great bowls to plant in ;)?

  • Ken Brown 2 years ago

    Pruning the watermelon vines is NOT a good idea. You are shortening your
    production of melons. See
    http://bonnieplants.com/growing/growing-cantaloupe-and-honeydew-melons/

    Wrong idea.?

  • pokemon Ranger 2 years ago

    I’m growing around 15 watermelon plants but they are in the ground so they
    don’t like to be pruned. but was going to say people don’t need to restrict
    them self’s with small variety watermelon to be a successful watermelon
    grower! (Dixie Queen, Orange Tender sweet, and Tsilnolystyy) are med/larg.
    varieties they do great in cold climates, crappy soils, drought, and just
    perfect for beginners!?

  • 59fanman 2 years ago

    you have no idea of what you are talking about……show the end
    product….I bet there is none!?

  • How to Grow a Garden with Scarlett Damen 2 years ago

    very interesting thanks for that I had no idea you could prune watermelons.
    Why do you prune? is it better for the mellon or just a space problem. when
    growing peaches I know its best to have no more than 2 peaches per small
    branch for the first few years.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Scarlett
    Ps. how big are these watermelons going to get??

  • Larry Branch 2 years ago

    What did you use to feed ur melon plant??

  • FASALUDHEEN VENNEKODE 2 years ago
  • hackptui 2 years ago

    Thanks for posting this. We’ve got 7 melon vines in our garden, and we’ve
    been going nuts trying to figure out how much to prune or not prune. The
    description in the MGC book don’t seem to answer all our questions.

    So do you let each sucker that appears grow until it sets a fruit, then cut
    the end off? So, in other words, if you have one vine coming out of the
    ground, you could have dozens of vines branching off in different
    directions, each with its own fruit? Or do you limit each root system to
    supporting a certain number of melons, and cut off all new suckers after
    you reach that upper limit?

    We’re growing Jubilee, Black Diamond, and Crimson Sweet, if those are
    pruned differently…?

  • walt russell 2 years ago

    Did not know that’s hanks?

  • Jean Leake 2 years ago

    Thank you for video. We have a problem! We have flowers but do not see
    any melons behind the flowers. Are we going to get melons? We live in
    Minnesota and there is only about 6 to 8 weeks at the most of warm weather.
    What to do, what to do. PLEASE!?

  • Chastidee Bromell 2 years ago

    Is this the same method you would use to prune cucumber vines. I was
    thinking that mine need to be pruned but I never did and they are growing
    very full. This is my husband and my first time growing cucumbers so we
    don’t really know much about the care for them. Thanks.?

  • sha whit 2 years ago

    Thanks David?

  • Tim Huffman 2 years ago

    fantastic video with great detail. thank you so much for sharing this
    valuable information. I grow sugar baby watermelons in southwest florida,
    and my last harvest was only 6 melons from 4 plants because I had no idea
    how to prune. I’ll be sure to re-visit and re-watch this video again in the
    future. thanks again ?

  • 1994abbygirl 2 years ago

    Wish oh wish I could find sawdust and sand. I am so sick of weeds
    especially bindweed. There’s just noway to get rid of it that I can find!?

  • MaruAdventurer 2 years ago

    Wonder if you could take the vine past the melon and cause it to root? Then
    plant that in another bed a couple of weeks later.?