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Watermelon and melons
Watermelons and melons are very productive plants that generate fruits that can reach (in the case of watermelon) also the weight of 20 kilograms and the production can exceed 10 kilos per square meter. They are very rich in water and sugary substances. The habit of these plants is creeping and since the optimal temperature for their development is around 30 °. The period of planting must be quite advanced in the good season, when the minimum temperatures exceed 15 degrees. To have a good production it is advisable to plant at the beginning of May to have the fruits from the end of July to August. To do this, use 3-4 leaf plants, which should be planted on the upper part of the ground, with a plant density of 1 or 2 plants per square meter. Then irrigate abundantly and do not skimp on fertilization, which must take into account the strong removal of potassium and nitrogen and the strong productivity of crops.
Maturation occurs about 4 months after germination and can be seen by observing that the cirrus placed on the knot next to the peduncle of the fruit dries. When planting these crops have the warning not to plant them on the same ground as the previous year since development would be prevented.