I have a passion for watermelon farming, which I want to grow on my one hectare in Webuye. Can it do well in the region?
Watermelons are warm season crops and they are susceptible to frost. They further need long growing season of high temperatures.
Good vegetative growth requires 18-32oC, the optimal being 18-24oC. Melons do better with adequate water supply.
At least 400mm of moisture will be required in a growing season. Soils should be well-drained and with good water-holding capacity.
The pH should be 6.0-6.8. Melons have been grown successfully in sandy soils, where water supply is adequate. However, the best soils are sandy loam or silt loam.