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Watermelon

Watermelon

The watermelon, Citrullus lanatus, of the cucurbit family, comes from Africa. It is a large fruit, often called watermelon, whose weight is, depending on the variety, between five and twenty kilograms, and whose diameter can exceed sixty centimeters. To successfully grow watermelon, heat is necessary. A stem of watermelon gives two to three flowers. There are two types of watermelon flower, the male flower and the female flower which only live for one day. Fortunately, each contains enough pollinators to allow insects to carry their pollen.

Watermelon size

There is no need to cut the watermelon.

Watermelon diseases

The watermelon especially fears the striped beetle. Only rotenone can treat.

Watermelon plantation

Grow watermelons does not present any major difficulty. To produce quickly, priority can be given to an early variety of watermelon. Opt for the warmest and most sheltered place in the garden. In windy regions, a windbreak is necessary. 26 ° C are necessary for the watermelon to grow in good conditions. In the fall preceding the watermelon planting, 40 cm mounds should be climbed. The rows must be at least 2 meters apart from each other. To plant, wait until the soil is hot. Fill each hole with compost. Place the plants there, cover and water.

Watering watermelon

Water copiously throughout the watermelon growth, then stop watering 4 to 5 days before harvest.

Watermelon care

You just need to water regularly, with a moderate spray so as not to break the watermelon flower.

Food and watermelon

Watermelon is a fruit to be preferred in season. Full of water (it is made up of more than 92% water), watermelon is an excellent moisturizer. It is particularly appreciated by people wishing to have fun without gaining weight. Watermelon provides citrulline, a non-essential amino acid, useful for anemia. It is a good anti-fatigue. It is also a cholesterol-lowering and anti-inflammatory thanks to the lycopene it contains. Watermelon can be eaten plain, but also on a skewer or in a salad with raw vegetables or other seasonal fruits. Attention, the conservation of watermelon is only possible for 4 days in the refrigerator. Find the watermelon plants in the shop!

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