I started a watermelon in the ground as a small plant. It basically died in the ground, so I took it out. The roots had not really taken.

After a few weeks, however, I repotted it in a container just to see if it would come back. So it has and know I am wondering can I replant in the ground without it taking another hit? Thoughts?

I need to replant it as soon as possible!

  • why do you think it failed to thrive in the ground? Jul 19, 2016 at 0:39
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    Do you have a picture? Jul 19, 2016 at 0:46
  • I will take one in the morning.
    – Hillary
    Jul 20, 2016 at 1:05

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Cucurbitaceae, which includes watermelons, hate any damage to their roots - even somebody just walking too close to them. If "in the ground as a small plant" means you planted a seedling, my guess is you damaged the roots when transplanting it.

I have planted seedlings from nurseries, but seed wherever you want them to grow is the safer bet if you can provide them with the needed conditions.

EDIT: If you transplant it, you are likely going to stunt its growth again. Grow it in the pot and call it a year. Feed it high nitrogen until it gets large enough and then switch to low nitrogen.

  • So my question....it is currently in a pot...do i re transplant it back to the ground?
    – Hillary
    Jul 20, 2016 at 1:05
  • @Hillary My vote is for no.
    – user10810
    Jul 20, 2016 at 1:23

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