When to sow cucs

Proper sowing time

Sowing seeds of melons, cucs, gourds, pumpkins and squash requires paying attention to details.  If the soil temperature is not at least 65 degrees you are wasting your time, they simply will not germinate.

Members of the cucurbit family require very warm temperatures to germinate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sowing cucurbit family

Proper sowing time

 

Members of the cucurbit family are grown year around in tropical climates.

How ever, those in further north climates require different seed sowing requirements.  The must wait until soil temperatures have warmed consistently to 65 degrees or warmer.

How to sow melons, cucs, gourds, pumpkins and squash.

 

 

 

 

Sowing cuc seeds right

Sowing cuc seeds

Sowing cucurbit seeds properly requires that you observe the width of the seed and sow four times deeper than that.  Mulch with grass clippings 2 3/4″ over the seed medium.

Mulch the area three feet in diameter since cucurbit seeds need a rich growing environment.

Gently tamp the soil and keep evenly moist until germination. Be sure to cover your seedlings with bird netting to prevent unwanted predation from birds.

How to sow melons, cucs, gourds, pumpkins and squash.

 

 

Cucurbit seed emerging

An emerging cucurbit seed

 

Once seeds have emerged continue to water.  Ideally set up a in line drip tube around each seedling.  Set up a 6″ wire or plastic mesh trellis over your seedlings to keep your fruit off of the ground.

Thin the seedlings to the three healthiest seedlings.

How to sow melons, cucs, gourds, pumpkins and squash.

 

 

 

 

Cucurbit plans

Cucurbit plants growing

Cucurbit plants properly spaced and adequately watered with drip irrigation.

Trellising long fruits like cucumbers enables gravity to keep them straighter.

How to sow melons, cucs, gourds, pumpkins and squash.

 

 

 

 

 

A melon grown right

A perfect melon

Melons grown in perfect conditions.  All cucurbit fruits are fond of very warm growing conditions.  With these conditons they grow quickly maturing into robust lush fruits that any one would cherish.

How to sow melons, cucs, gourds, pumpkins and squash.