Watermelon Growing Tips

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If you want to grow watermelon, you will need to know some great tips. Knowing the growth requirements will allow you to ensure the health of your plant. Choose a sandy land area with plenty of sunlight and water.

If you can provide the vital elements, your watermelon farm will prosper.

watermelon growing tips

If you want to start your own watermelon farm, you will need to choose the most suitable land space. Watermelon can occupy a lot of space and so having a large land space is ideal. The vines will surely spread out and will require considerable maintenance over time. With the basic knowledge in growing such fruit, you will surely succeed. Aside from the land, you will also need to have a steady supply of water. Chlorinated water is not advisable and it’s best to use well water instead. These are just some of the things you need to address if you want to grow healthy fruits.

Watermelon Farming Tips

Seeds can be planted when the temperature is at mid 70s to 80s. Don’t plant when the ground has snow because even the so called hybrid varieties won’t be able to tolerate the extreme cold. Watermelon will grow best in sandy soil. You also have to feed the plant with organic fertilizer or you can also use aged cow manure and chicken litter. The plant loves sunlight. Make sure that you plant the seeds on an area where there is direct sunlight. If you’re planting the non-disease resistant varieties, never plant them in shady areas since it can lead to disastrous effects.

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The more watermelons you plan to grow, the larger the land space and water supply you need. To ensure healthy varieties, you should get the disease resistant ones. Always check the package of the seeds just to be sure. You can visit the local nursery and the professionals can provide you with helpful tips. If you follow the growth requirements, each vine can have around two big fruits. When the land is leveled with ground water, you can be sure that the plant will get enough water.

The land area should be plowed before planting the seeds. Dig a hole that is 1.5ft wide and 1ft deep. Inside the hole, you need to place fertilizer or cow manure. You can cover it with sand. Place the seed on top of the sand and push it to about 0.5 inch deep. To ensure germination, the seeds should be covered. You need to dig out a ring around the hole until it looks like a volcano. This is important so that water will be directed to the plant. Water the vines early in the morning; just put enough water. When the vines bear fruit, you have to take good care of them and watch out for sigs of diseases.

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471 Comments

  • 1. Mbogo nyaga said on 1/17/2011 10:26:13 AM
    Am from kenya and i want to start watermelon farming.My farm is in a semi arid area and the soil is loam.The area is too hot and water is scarce,i plan to use tap water please advice how to preserve water and the drought and disease resistant type of seeds.thank you
  • 2. moses musyoki nzioka said on 3/31/2011 5:36:39 AM
    am in kenya,living in semi arid area and would like to know more on how to plant melon...i use irrigation method.water pump
  • 3. alice wandia said on 5/3/2011 9:46:05 AM
    am in kenya, living in Kwale district -shimba hills, and would like to know how to plan and grow water melon. we rely on both rain water and also do irrigation
  • 4. godwin manyengo said on 6/7/2011 9:44:23 AM
    i live in Kenya in a place called Syokimau.the area is dry with black cotton soil,hot and with water scarcity.my area of land is 50ftx100ft.is this enough to support a watermelon green house?what can be the anticipated output in kgs or number of fruit?
  • 5. HOPE ONDIEKI said on 8/6/2011 9:48:03 AM
    I live in Kenya,. western province, Teso district. is it possible to grow watermelon in swampy area? how do i prepare the land for planting ?
  • 6. Rinzin said on 8/16/2011 9:35:09 AM
    I live in Bhutan,subtropical zone is it possible to grow watermelon in wet land in which season does it grow.
  • 7. ibra said on 8/27/2011 2:54:21 PM
    I want to start a watermelon farm business in msambweni (south coast of kenya) which is the best month to start and how long do they take to mature
  • 8. Tom said on 9/6/2011 8:00:59 AM
    I want to start a watermelon farm in Mombasa Kenya on a 1 acre piece.The soil is loamy, with a slightly saline well nearby. Kindly advise on the best month to plant and whether the conditions can be favorable.
  • 9. grace m. mulingwa said on 9/13/2011 6:23:06 AM
    i live in kenya from a place called mwingi avery dry area i would like to start watermelon business in one months time what are the best seedling ?the soil is loamy and we rely on rain water and some watering .
  • 10. Rose Ndanu said on 9/30/2011 4:04:57 AM
    Have done watermelon firming before and just what i want to know is whether I can plant them in a green house
  • 11. kiptanui kirui said on 10/12/2011 4:00:35 AM
    Hi! i live in kenya Nandi County, thanks for your tips, soon i will be growing watermelons , a Agriculture student at UEAB- University. thanks again GOD bless.
  • 12. Calvin Gorman said on 10/13/2011 2:58:01 AM
    I live in Vereeniging, Gauteng, South Africa. I am looking at starting a water melon farm on our property of about 2.5 akers of growing space... we do have facilities to kaap plants well watered and have plenty of sunlight and little cold. i have never done something like this and am quite overwhelmed, any and all advise and help would be much appreciated.
  • 13. Jay Tee said on 11/13/2011 2:35:23 AM
    Shimba Hills Kwale. I have been a watermelon farmer in Kwale Kenya and the best advice i would give to the farmers in that area is to have the soil tested by KARI kenya and contact HCDA Mombasa for hands on information.
  • 14. I Hasan said on 11/22/2011 2:39:02 AM
    I am planing to start growing watermelon from December and I stay in Konkan region advice me is it right time to start now and also help me out with more useful tips which will help me in doing better and successful farming
  • 15. samuel said on 11/30/2011 9:30:15 AM
    am in Kenya and am planning to start planting water melon. my place is semi arid loam soil. am planning to start irrigation please help.
  • 16. sammy waweru mwangi said on 12/7/2011 8:50:18 AM
    have started watermelon farming in thika east . they seem to be doing good but there is market problem any willing buyer can contact me through my email address thanks
  • 17. kasanga said on 1/4/2012 4:22:30 PM
    I am kasanga in mbarara biharwe town uganda how do i start a watermelon farm?
  • 18. Carol said on 1/11/2012 4:15:37 AM
    Hi, am interested in farming watermelon. am from kenya. The farm is in kangundo. we will use irrigation so there is plenty of water. The soil in that area is cotton soil. Please advise. Thanks
  • 19. Anthony said on 2/24/2012 4:01:28 PM
    I install drip irrigation kits for watermelon farmers in Kenya and East Africa that ensure efficient water use contact me at wanyoz at gmail dot com. wanyoz@gmail.com. mobile 0739 817 230.
  • 20. peter njoroge said on 3/3/2012 4:45:23 AM
    I just want to know the exact places/county. where climate is conducive for the watermelons
  • 21. william wameyo said on 3/6/2012 3:43:30 AM
    I have a farm in shimoni area of kwale district,kenya.Am interested in watermelon farming.Thanks Jay Tee for the advice.
  • 22. Glory Alice Muriu said on 3/7/2012 6:58:17 AM
    i have a two acre farm near sagana in kenya. am interested in growing water melons. The area has murram dry sandy/rocky soil and is hot i intend to irrigate using borehole water
  • 23. chris mash said on 3/9/2012 5:57:50 AM
    I am ploughing watermelons in south africa. Need more tips on fertilizers and pest controls
  • 24. Marcus said on 3/17/2012 8:26:29 AM
    Hi! I have tried watermelon in Limpopo and it was well. So where can i sell them in future as i am going to grow them this year+
  • 25. george said on 3/27/2012 3:10:12 AM
    I am in limuru kenya, the climate is generally cold and wet and the soil is red volcanic and i have a green house, can water melons grow here and do well.
  • 26. nyamawi said on 3/29/2012 4:28:29 AM
    hello, am in Malindi kenya. kindly let me know the best variety of melon best for farming.thank you.
  • 27. Abuya Dan said on 4/1/2012 9:22:23 AM
    I am living in Rusinga Suba, we relay in short rains, mostly from end-march to end-may. advice me on watermelon growing. the soil is a mixer of loam/sandy and sandy.
  • 28. Kipruto said on 4/7/2012 1:12:20 AM
    Am from keiyo north district, Rift-valley kenya we grow maize,wheat & small scale passion fruits and tomatoes but i would like to start watermelon farming. my home area soil is red volcano, rainfall may not be adequate but water for irrigation is in plenty. plz advice.
  • 29. Maureene said on 4/16/2012 9:12:17 AM
    Am from Nyanza and I wanna do watermelon farming but my question is when you are growing the seeds what should the spacing be like. From one plant to the other. An again where can I get the readily available market for the product? looking forward to hear from you and thanx in advance
  • 30. sally said on 4/19/2012 4:08:57 PM
    hi i am at the coast regions of Kenya and researching on watermelon farming the area has 20% and with good drainage ,very high temperatures and sunny throughout ,please i need your professional advice .
  • 31. ALEX KAIWE said on 4/25/2012 10:35:46 AM
    i am A lex Kaiwe from Lilongwe, Malawi. I am very interested in growing watermelons this year. This my first time to plant water melons. How can you advise me to reap more.
  • 32. jeremiah sakuda said on 4/27/2012 10:19:22 AM
    am from kimuka ngong, in kenya, am growing watermelon at the moment, the only problem now is that there is too much rain n the melons are maturing, the first ones r not promising coz they have taken too much water and some are busting, at the moment there are other small fruits developing and flowering as well. do i expect good yields from these fruits coming up?
  • 33. isoh said on 5/16/2012 12:52:08 AM
    Am from kangundo I have 2acre farm with sandloam soil and I want to start a watermelon farm so why can I get those seedling and why to sell the fruits.
  • 34. Regina said on 5/20/2012 8:24:53 AM
    I am from lamu and i have 20 acres farm i want to plant water melon. the soil is sandy very dry but i have a well. could you please advice me the best seed to plant and also possible treatment i should require
  • 35. Kamatu said on 5/21/2012 1:31:59 PM
    Am from Nairobi Ruai the temperatures are generally warm am interested in doing commercial watermelon farming in a 10arce peace of land the soil is black cotton please advice on the best seed type to use and the step by step method of fertilizers and other chemical application i have both river and borehole water supply.
  • 36. Augustus kimu said on 5/27/2012 7:32:26 PM
    I come from mwea the temperatures are generally warm. I am interested in doing commercial watermelon farming in a 5 acre peace of land. Please advice on the best seed type to use and the step by step method of fertilizers and other chemical application through DRIP Irrigation. I have both river and borehole water supply but goes down as we approach dry periods.
  • 37. francis makokha said on 6/27/2012 3:30:49 AM
    I come from western. I want to do some water melon farming. I have two options when it comes to where exactly to do the farming. In Busia county where it is relatively warm and wet or in Bungoma county (Kimilili)where it is relatively cold and wet. out of the two places, other factors being constant, which location will be most favorable? Secondly, is it true that water melon farming done in green houses is more profitable than the one done outside? Thank you
  • 38. mohammed said on 6/27/2012 7:08:01 AM
    i want to go into watermelon production and i live in guinea savanna of nigeria, i need some tips to help me in my farming as regards poultry manure application.
  • 39. florence said on 7/2/2012 5:44:14 AM
    am from kiambu, interested in doing melon farming. the area is a bit cold and the soil is loam type. water supply is adequate since i have a green house. kindly advise me on the best seeds to use, fertilizers and is it advisable to plant them on the green house?
  • 40. festus said on 7/3/2012 3:55:58 AM
    hi I am from keiyo south , rift valley ,kenya. I would like to know more about the watermelon farming i.e the favorable climatic condition, type of seeds , where to get seeds.kindly contact me through email address rofestus@yahoo.com
  • 41. eftokia said on 7/6/2012 5:08:27 PM
    I live in ngong olepolos side n want to know whether its conducive for planting melons
  • 42. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 7/18/2012 12:49:32 PM
    hi all, if you need advise on growing watermelons in Kenya feel free to contact me, my name is Anthony from Mombasa Voi regions i grow Sukari F1 variety under drip irrigation and the results are good thank God. I supply and install drip irrigation kits for watermelons and any other crop. with drip irrigation, you will be able to use water very efficiently and most importantly- you will be able to time the Kenyan WAtermelon market such that you ensure you especially harvest when other farmers who rely on rainfall do not have a crop....you can get a very high farm price and buyers will be lining up with lorries at your farm. if you get a good variety you can expect and average yield of 20 tons per acre which you can sell at about 20sh per kg gives you 400,000sh per acre in 3months - enough to recover cost of installation of drip irrigation and leave you with bulging pockets za kununua chapati na kuku(wakenya mpo?) Seriously brothers and sisters from kenya the good is that according to a FAO report, Kenya does not produce enough watermelons to meet local demand hence no surplus for export - that means do not fear to produce more and more.....you will not lack market provided you produce large quantities (10 tons and above)if you do call me i hook you up with buyer from Mombasa or Nairobi. For further tips feel free to consult me at wanyoz@gmail.com or +254 725 812 827.....my charges are reasonable. God Bless you all - just pray God and stick close to him so that when the big money starts pouring in it does not ruin you life! (money can mess you man!)

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  • 43. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 7/24/2012 3:49:56 AM
    @Mbogo nyaga. Thanks for your comment and interest in watermelons, to conserve moisture you can try the following three things:
    1. Firstly you can install a drip irrigation system. this will ensure that water is only applied on a limited diameter around each individual plant as opposed to other method of irrigation that apply water on the entire farm plot.
    2. Secondly you can use mulching material to cover the soil around the plants, and inexpensive mulch is straw/grass mulch or mulch from other plant debri that is well dried - this has the other benefit of limiting growth of weeds by cutting off sunlight and also eventually decaying and improving the soil by adding the organic matter content of the soil. You can also use more modern methods such as Plastic mulch, and paper mulch but your area is already hot and plastic mulch further increases the temperature in the soil
    3. Thirdly to conserve moisture you can increase the Humus content of the soil by incorporating well decomposed compost or livestock manure. a simple guide is one shovelful per planting hill, but any addition will be beneficial as humus hold/retains moisture for longer compared to ordinary soil - manure will also have the extra benefit of increasing nutrient available to the watermelon plant.
    4. For drought resistan seed try the Suga Baby variety, fruits average 3-4kgs and crops mature early 62-80days depending on climatic conditions. For disease resistance try Charleston Grey variety, fruits average 9kg and is late maturing -85-110 days depending on climatic conditions. Also you can try a hybrid called Sukari F1 - this averages 7kgs per fruit and if very popular due to size and sweetness. I would recommend you experiment with all the above seed and develop your own local knowledge and style. Seed are availabe at East African Seed company and there distributors/ Agrovets countrywide.

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  • 44. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 7/24/2012 4:01:05 AM

    @Carol, Dear Carol, for black cotton soil you can try improving it by adding lots of organic matter and manure to make it more friable - that is less sticky and free since water melons like loose soil. you do not need to add manure and organic matter to the entire farm, only to individual planting hills. Also make sure to raise the planting hill/ ridges to prevent water logging due to excess rain or irrigation, watermelons are sensitive to water logging. Good luck, Kangundo is a hot area and you should do well.

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  • 45. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 7/24/2012 4:13:00 AM

    @festus, Dear Festus, Watermelons like a hot area without frost and with loose sandy loams, loams and even heavy soils that has been amended with organic matter or manure to loosen it. Water logging should be avoided. the crop takes about 3months from seed to harvesting. In case you are growing with rainfall try and time such that towards the last 2 or 3 weeks there is reduced rainfall to enable concentration of sweetness and prevention of bursting of fruits due to excess moisture. The most popular seeds in kenya are Sugar baby, charleston Grey and Crimson sweet varieties. There is also a good Hybrid called Sukari F1 that is now gaining popularity. You can get seed from local Agrovet shops or contact East African Seed company and ask for the local agents for all the above mentioned seeds.

    wanyoz@gmail.com, +254 725812827 || Watermelon Farming Consultant

  • 46. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 7/24/2012 4:39:14 AM

    @francis makokha, Dear Francis, Watermelons grow best in hot areas, if the area is too cold, fruiting may be hampered. Most definitely try your farming in the Busia area in the open. Its true a well conditioned greenhouse will improve the micro climatic conditions of the crop and result in high yields but only if you solve the challenge of ensuring you find a way of making lots of bees to be available during the flowering stage of the watermelons. Unlike tomatoes and other crops that do well in greenhouses, water melons do not have the male and female parts in the same flower but in separate male and female flowers. so simple shaking by light movements or winds cannot result in adequate pollination like in tomatoes. Insects are required to ensure proper pollination - honey bees are the primary insects we rely on for Watermelons.

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  • 47. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 7/24/2012 5:01:41 AM

    @florence, Dear Florence, you have the following challenges to overcome:

    1. temperature - you may have poor germination if soil temperature are too low. Your crop may also take an unusually long time to develop in low temperature and  the fruits will not be sweet. This you can solve by using a green house.
    2. Pollination in Greenhouse - Unlike tomatoes and other crops that do well in greenhouses, water melons do not have the male and female parts in the same flower but in separate male and female flowers. so simple shaking by light movements or winds cannot result in adequate pollination like in tomatoes. Insects are required to ensure proper pollination - honey bees are the primary insects we rely on for Watermelons. You will have challenge of ensuring lots of bees are available during flowering stage.
    3. Greenhouse Cost - Assuming you are a commercially minded farmer, you will need a large area under greenhouse since watermelons vines take a lot of space. You can grow in Trellis / climbing system like tomatoes as long as you provide individual bags or netting to hold maturing fruits as they enlarge and become heavier - this means lots of labour in case of commercial undertaking.
    4. i would recommend you try on a small scale first and see how you are doing before massive investment . Use local seed such as Charleston Grey or Sugar Baby. For starter you can use a shovel full of well decomposed manure per planting hill, if you fair well and want to commercialize, you should then take a soil sample and send to KARI - NArl center in Westlands Nairobi for fertility analysis and professional fertilizer recommendation.  Kiambu is so near Nairobi and you could never go wrong with other vegetables that love cool areas such as kales and cabbages. A good idea is not to fight the local climate so much. If i were you and i still love to grow Watermelons i would first grow a suitable and profitable crop at Kiambu and from the profits buy or lease land in a hot water scarce are and do melons under irrigation in the process creating jobs as well as different streams of income for yourself.

    wanyoz@gmail.com, +254 725812827 || Watermelon Farming Consultant

  • 48. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 7/24/2012 5:08:47 AM

    @eftokia, Dear Eftokia, Kindly let me know the type of soil and the climatic conditions so as to be able to advise you on the way forward.

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  • 49. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 7/24/2012 5:22:08 AM

    @godwin manyengo, Dear Godwing, 50 x 100ft is about 1/8th of an acre that is about 30meter by 15meters so at a spacing of 1.5 by 1.5m you will have 200 plants. if you allow each plant to bear only 3 fruits to ensure large fruits you yield will be as follows for the following locally available varieties:

    1. Sugar Baby / Crimson Sweet(4kg average fruit size) = 200plants x 3fruits x 4kg = 2,400kgs of melons.
    2. Charleston Grey (9kg average fruit size) = 200 x 3 x 9 = 5,400kgs of watermelons
    3. Sukari F1 (7.5kg) = 200 x 3 x 7 = 4,200kgs of melons.
    4. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ABOVE YIELD DEPEND ON LOT OF FACTORS SUCH AS AVAILABILITY OF IDEAL CONDITIONS, ABSENCE OF DISEASE ETC AND IS JUST FOR GUIDANCE FOR YOU TO DECIDE THE VIABILITY OF YOUR PLANS.
    5. if i were you with such a small area i would do only tomatoes!!!

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  • 50. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 7/24/2012 5:35:00 AM

    @HOPE ONDIEKI, Dear Hope, You have the challenge of overcoming the swampy conditions since watermelons does not tolerate flooding for long periods. Lets stay Hopeful and try the following:

    1. Draining the target area - this will depend on the local geography, you can dig drainage trenches to direct water away from the areas you want to grow the melons. This will only be possible if there is a much lower area to direct the excess water.
    2. you can also try creating highly raised ridges where to plant the watermelons.
    3. Dont fear trying out and let me know how you fare on.

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  • 51. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 7/24/2012 5:44:13 AM

    @Tom, Dear Sir, Do plant without any fear since in Mombasa you have ready market and suitable climatic conditions - i am only a bit concerned about your irrigation water, i would advise that you send a sample to KARI - Narl center in Westlands Nairobi for irrigation water suitability  analysis for Watermelons - it costs only 1000/=. About growing season, we have the best prices at Kongowea Market from October at 25 - 30sh per kg farmgate price so for one acre you can easily get 20 tonnes x 30sh = 600,000ksh in about 3 months time. In Mombasa you will never lack market only the price reduces other times of year but you can still be lucky depending on market forces of supply and demand. at lowest price 20 tons x 15ksh =300,000sh per acre still profitable!!!

    @grace m. mulingwa, Dear Grace, Mwingi is a good area for Melons and the loam soil is ok. Try Sukari F1 hybrid seeds to get an average fruit size of 7kgs. Be careful to ensure there is no waterstress during flowering stage to prevent fruit abortion. Also plant on a large are for max yields spacing of about 1.5m by 2m is ok. The other seed you could try is Charleston grey - 9kgs per fruit (average) or Sugar baby and Crimson Sweet. Sukari F1 is the sweetest and largest, sugarbaby is also sweet but tiny at 3-4kgs average size. Limit maximum fruits per plant to 3 to enable them grow large and please ensure you add lots of manure per planting hill at least a shovel full of well decomposed animal waste or compost - avoid fresh animal waste as this is too hot and will burn crop.

    @ibra, Best month to grow is August so that you harvest at october when we have best prices at Kongowea market. But you can grow though out the year since you are from coastal Kenya and there is good demand through out the year. i am assuming you are using irrigation also. Just try to farm as large as possible piece of land so that you have tens of tons to harvest so buyer will not be reluctant to come all the way to your farm because of good economies of scale. good luck bro

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  • 52. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 7/25/2012 6:55:23 AM
    @Regina, Dear Regina, Lamu is a good place to grow watermelons, you will however need to add lots of manure per planting hill to increase the organic matter content of the sandy soil and improve the moisture retention of the soil. 20 acres is a good size of land and i presume you will be relying on irrigation and want to do this on a commercial basis. I would recommend you send your well water to KARI - NARL center in Nairobi's Westlands area for irrigation water suitability test for growing Watermelons. They will analyze the water and see if it is suitable for irrigation. The importance of this is to ensure you are not spoiling your land by salt accumulation in the soil because of using salty well water and also to be sure that the water will not affect your watermelons negatively. The test costs only 1000/=. Also a kg of top soil should be sent to KARI for fertility analysis and fertilizer recommendation based on Watermelon crop. The best seed right now in the market in terms of sweetness and size is Sukari F1 hybrid from East African Seed company. It produces large fruits of 7-8kg average weight and the flesh is usually sweeter than Sugarbaby variety. 20 acres is a large area and you need to be sure that the well will provide sufficient water for the entire plot or you can plant smaller portions at a time. To simplify labour and enable efficient use of water you can also install a drip irrigation system. This is an expensive undertaking and you can do it slowly by slowly depending on your financial ability. once you start harvesting, cost will not be a factor and you can complete installation for a larger area.

    You can do trial planting for a few acres under a spacing of 1.5m crop to crop and 2m row to row. Add at least a shovel full of well decomposed manure per planting hole. Use a suitable nematicide such as Mocap from Bayer Crop Science and apply the powder per planting hole. Then add two tablespoonfuls of DAP fertilizer per planting hole and mix this ingredients thoroughly with lots of soil. You should then irrigate the planting holes and insert about 2-3 seeds per planting hole 1 inch deep, they should take about 6days to germinate. one week after germination you can now thin to remain with the strongest plant. Then you journey begins in getting hands on experience on how to grow melons in your own area. Good luck God bless

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  • 53. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 7/25/2012 7:08:26 AM

    @sally, Dear Sally, Thanks for your interest in Watermelons, the best advise i can give you is that you buy seeds and start growing and develop your own success steps for your area. You may also want to do the following:

    1. Get contacts from your target market and details of best varieties in demand and periods of best market prices.
    2. Analyse the soil at KARI NARL center and get a fertility report and fertilizer and manure application guide based on the current condition of your topsoil. Also analyse you intended irrigation water for suitability for Watermelons. All this will cost your 2000/- at the KARI labs in Nairobil
    3. Then you can plant your crop at a spacing of 1.5m from plant to plant and 2m from row to row. Be on lookout for pests and diseases and deal with it as it appears. You can get a good book from KARI called Fruits and Vegetables Technical handbook that will be especially helpful in trouble shooting pests and diseases and give you recommeded antidotes.

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  • 54. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 7/25/2012 7:20:59 AM

    @Maureene, Dear Maureene, you can use the spacing of 1.5m from plant to plant and 2m from row to row. Concerning market that should be your first step, tour Kisumu Town and pose as a watermelon farmer and establish contacts with the dealers and wholesale buyers even before you invest in planting. you may also tour neighboring large towns and see the market conditions and prices and establish contacts. Then you can focus on production - once you produce and good crop in commercially viable quantities, buyer will be willing to come for crop at the farm. In you market analysis also be keen to establish periods of greatest demand and best prices. Also in production be very keen to avoid harvesting when there is lots of rains as lots of fruit will burst - so time your crop properly with the weather. But do not hesitate to grow Watermelons because of market uncertainty cause Kenyan Farmers do not produce enough to meet local demand. If you produce larger and larger quantities you will be able to sell far from your farm and still make a huge profit. Good luck.

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  • 55. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 7/25/2012 7:27:07 AM

    @isoh, Dear Isoh, Kangundo is a very good place, you can get seed from local Agrovets or from Nairobi - East African Seed Company. Try Sukari F1 or Charleston grey - these produce large fruits. for smaller fruits try sugarbaby or crimson sweet. you can sell your crop at Nairobi Marikiti or even as far as Mombasa. Try to harvest especially from October to December and can easily get a farm price of 30shilling or more per Kilo.

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  • 56. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 7/25/2012 7:42:00 AM

    @nyamawi, Try Sukari F1 hybrid available from EAst AFrican Seed Company - produces large fruits weighing 7-8kgs average if water and nutrients are adequate and you leave a max  of 3 fruits per vine. The variety is even sweeter that sugarbaby variety and twice as big and stripped in colour. 

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  • 57. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 7/25/2012 8:34:59 AM

    @Abuya Dan, Dear Dan, Try growing such that in the last week or two there will be not rainfall to avoid bursting. Try Sukari F1 hybrid variety from East African seed co or Charleston grey if you want large fruits. For smaller faster maturing one try sugarbaby or crimson sweet varieties. Usually  Water melons take 60 -110 days from seed to harvest. Be careful not to let the fruit stay on farm for too long when ready as will become marshy and liquid inside and loose value due to over-ripeness. Try a spacing of 1.5m by 2m. Good luck.

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  • 58. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 7/25/2012 8:41:59 AM

    @Glory Alice Muriu, Dear Alice, I think your area is hot and so you will get good sweet melons, please do add lots of well rot manure to your soil and ensure adequate cultivation of soil before planting. i hope your water is not too salty for Melons, if in doubt please take sample to KARI for irrigation water suitability test, will cost you only 1k, if you are willing pay another K and get a professional fertilizer recommendation based on analysis done on your topsoil. The biggest plus for you is that you are near market!! Good luck

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  • 59. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 7/25/2012 8:57:08 AM

    @peter njoroge, Dear Njoro, Exact places are many and have the following characteristics:

    1. Near market - the nearer the better, some farmers sell about 600km away but they produce very large quantities under irrigation at a time when there is shortage in Mombasa market.
    2. Hot without frost at night
    3. Loose soils such as sandy soils, loams and silt - in case of heavy soil lots of manure needs to be added to loosen the soil.
    4. Available water  - Rainfall may do but should be little too moderate especially at harvest time. Watermelons are best done under irrigation to enable professional water control at crucial stages. so we need areas with rivers or good underground water reserves that are not too saline.
    5. The following are some areas that quickly come to mind in Kenya: Voi region, Mombasa, Southcoast, Embu, Tala, Kangundo, Thika, Sultan Hamud, Mtito Andei, malindi , Lamu,   etc etc

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  • 60. john kioko said on 7/27/2012 2:18:11 PM
    from masinga. i'm preparing 2 acres to plant melons on the 5-aug-2012. i've choose sukari f1. i expect to harvest in early Nov. Distance from the Farm to Thika is 55km. My concern is the possible yield and market. Please advice.
  • 61. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 7/30/2012 9:16:14 AM
    @john kioko, Dear Sir, if you are planting this August you do not need to worry about market as you will be harvesting some time in October - November when there is peak demand in both Nairobi and Mombasa. If you do your part very well you should have at least 30,000kgs from you 2 acres. you max yield possibility is about 50 tonnes for the 2 acres. BE ASSURED YOU'LL GET MARKET AND A GOOD PRICE AT NOVEMBER. just be careful not to let your melons overstay in farm, sukari F1 matures in 70-90days depending on climatic conditions.

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  • 62. B Mut said on 7/31/2012 8:52:08 AM
    sounds like Nov - Dec is the best selling time. How about Jan- Feb for farmers who plant in mid October?
  • 63. alex malei said on 8/1/2012 6:54:19 AM
    HiWanyoz, I was just passing time trying to see what farmers do and if we have any farming consultants in Kenya & sincerely I'm impressed. Guess water tomorrow I'm going to my farm & start watermelon farming because I've it in Makueni near a good well that is ever there throughout the year and utilized economically. Be blessed and I'll soon link up with and showcase my shamba. Thanx and God bless you.
  • 64. Simon Mbatia said on 8/2/2012 3:21:54 AM
    I have just planted some water melons on a 2.7 Acres piece of land in loc 20 Murang'a (Hot place & a river nearby). I would like to inquire on the use of Croixe and Argisoc agro chemicals use that were recommended by a friend. Thanks.
  • 65. Denzel said on 8/2/2012 6:27:56 AM
    I agree the best valuation is on crop basis example have like 1200 crops each for 3 fruits and average 7Kgs that will be like 3600fruits by 7kgs that will come to 25200kgs by kshs15 that will Kshs 378,000 i would prefer people to work with crops not acre that will help in giving a clear management. thanks to Anthony
  • 66. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 8/2/2012 7:14:24 PM
    1@B Mut, Yes man.....October to Dec are the peak demand, jan and feb is not too bad but many rain farmers are harvesting because of short rains. The interesting thing with Market is that its not hundred percent predictable.......one can get very lucky at any time, if melons are in less Supply than demand for whatever reason, the prices shoot up, even if only for a day

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  • 67. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 8/2/2012 7:23:41 PM

    @alex malei, nks Alex for appreciation, sad to hear you've been sitting on a waterwell!! Goodluck on your plans, looking forward to showcasing your farming success.....lets produce so much and start exporting also.

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  • 68. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 8/3/2012 4:42:40 AM

    @Denzel, Denzel, thx for book-one can never know enough these days. I agree number of plant analysis is more predictable than per acre yield analysis since we do not necessarily know which spacing has been adopted per acre. BUT ONE SHOULD USE ONLY FOR THEORETICAL PLANNING .ON THE GROUND DEPENDS ON SO SO MANY FACTORS;like are the plants getting optimum water and nutrients, is there enough micronutrients required for proper flowering and fruiting, are there enough bees for pollination, is there too much Nitrogen during flowering and fruit setting, is the spacing too squeezed or enough for leaves to get proper sunlight

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  • 69. Janet chari said on 8/6/2012 5:48:11 AM
    Mombasa. Thanks Antony for your advice. I did melons in south coast but suffered losses dud to damage by the melon fly. About to attempt again in mtwapa, north coast. What are the best pesticides to use ? And can you please tell me how to go about pruning the watermelon plant so as to remain with the mother vein only. Shukran.
  • 70. francis ndungu said on 8/7/2012 6:19:22 AM
    Hi am a melon farmer in mbeere.av currently planted about 15 acres but i have a problem my plants are drying due to root rot and blight.av been using copper and ortiva fungicide but its not working. can anyone pls advice if there's a better chemical to use?
  • 71. francis ndungu said on 8/7/2012 6:45:53 AM
    Hi i planted sukari f1 on march but the result were not that good now i have planted sentine, raha and peta negra. would like to know how their production is?
  • 72. kyenze k. stan said on 8/8/2012 1:18:45 PM
    i intend to plant melons in kibwezi as from 1st september. please advise on early maturing variety that i could harvest before the rains. Whats is the approximate yield if i plant on 2 acres of land. i will be using irrigation. water is ok and has been used for tomato and cabbage irrigation before so no worries of salty water.... wako, mkulima mtarajiwa
  • 73. Francis Osure said on 8/10/2012 6:45:57 AM
    Hi, Am planning to plant my watermelon in Gem District Siaya county, what is the best variety to plant in this area. Please advice, i will be very glad to hear from you. Get me on 0726241591.
  • 74. Ugwuegbu angela said on 8/11/2012 5:14:57 AM
    Am Ugwuegbu Angela from markudi Benue State Nigeria. I want to start a watermelon farm. how do i get the seed? Should i buy watermelon and then get the seeds from the ripe ones and then dry before planting? Please i need your contributions!
  • 75. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 8/11/2012 6:41:18 AM
    @Simon Mbatia, Thank you for question. Are you able to get the active ingredient of this Croixe and Agrisoc? These are just trade names for ordinary agrochemicals just like Prestige and Blueband are both margarines......get me the active ingredient written on pack or at least the Company of origin and we will be able to have an informative discussion.

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  • 76. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 8/15/2012 7:06:13 PM
    @kyenze k. Stan, if u want early maturing ones try sugar baby or crimson sweet.......matures in 60-80days. Two acres u could get on average about 18-25 tonnes with sugarbaby

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  • 77. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 8/15/2012 7:20:18 PM

    @francis ndungu, Francis, i also planted a Melon variety and results were also bad!.......i still plant the same variety today and the results are superb.....! ...........before u decide to jump from variety to another make sure your management is good......check all tiny details like do you have enough bees in your area for pollination........u need to fully understand why your results were bad....dont be in a hurry ....if u like please do experiment with lots of varieties, but im suspicious something went wrong rather than the variety is wrong...............

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  • 78. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 8/15/2012 7:55:55 PM
    @francis ndungu, cerning root rot, you are either having a Problem with nematodes-easy to treat or Fusarium Wilt-trouble....real trouble or both at same time. Uproot one plant and check if there are small swelling dotted on roots, if yes this are Nematodes. use nematicide at planting. Cut the section of root.....do you see brownish stain on inside, if so this is fusarium. terrible, it block xylem and phloem vessels so water cannot be transported to upper plant so the plant dries up even though it's well watered. if this is case u need to find fresh land and give the ground about 3 to 5 years for the fusarium to die from soil....methyl bromide that was previously used for control in soil is banned due to high crop residue.........u may still continue if the yield is still profitable but be ready to crop rotate with a plant that is not affected by fusarium

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  • 79. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 8/15/2012 8:06:17 PM

    @janet chari, ky u the Problem is an insect........so many insecticides in market.....try Polytrin and use it as recommended........try avoid killing bees during flowering. prune the plant, just limit/prune extra fruits so that u are left with 3. If you cut the leaves u are reducing the very kitchen where the food stored in the melons is cooked thru photosynthesis!

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  • 80. francis ndungu said on 8/16/2012 4:43:34 AM
    Thank you so much much for your reply. i had uprooted one and it was either drying of the stem and others swollen stem and watery have been using wood ash every time in plant coz i normally plant my melons in polythene papers then transplant after three weeks.
  • 81. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 8/16/2012 6:23:24 AM

    @francis ndungu, Welcome, if you need plant sample to be examined at lab you can take several whole plant samples To KARI NARL opposite ABC place Waiyaki way westlands.........charges are reasonable ......good luck

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  • 82. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 8/16/2012 6:38:12 AM

    @Ugwuegbu angela, r Angela, it is better to visit agrovet and buy chemical treated seeds. in soil we have many pathogens and harmful organisms to young melons. its even less tiresome buying you may even find disease resistant hybrids and high yielding types. Good luck

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  • 83. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 8/16/2012 4:47:47 PM

    @Francis Osure, Francis. Tell us more about Gem, the climate, soil, mode of Irrigation if applicable so we can have basis for discussion

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  • 84. ezekiel massek m. said on 8/20/2012 10:22:33 PM
    i am small scale farmer and i was impressed by your advice to watermelon farmers, keep it up sir.
  • 85. Maina said on 8/29/2012 6:40:15 AM
    Dear Anthony, am from Narok kenya with an acre and want to try melons on it. please advice on seed selection, and market if i planted in mid september. any other advice will be highly appreciated. Thank u.
  • 86. CATHY said on 8/31/2012 7:37:55 AM
    in kitale and heading towards very hot months with limited rainfall. what is your advice?
  • 87. cyrus mwangi said on 9/1/2012 6:08:06 AM
    hey, am at kinangop and i want to start farming watermelon please help me to know if they can do we.thank you in advance
  • 88. Njeri said on 9/3/2012 5:08:03 AM
    Hi, thanks for the good info you're giving to watermelon farmers. I want to plant in makuyu this month which is usually hot, have a dam nearby which I'm using to pump water. Already tested water and using it for French beans. I have about 2 acres. Are there seedless watermelon seeds and where can I find them? Is Sukari F1 the best choice for the area? How do I ensure I get the best yields?
  • 89. Effort Msvutisa beginner adviser said on 9/4/2012 9:50:55 AM
    Am a hot season watermelon small scale farmer in Gokwe Zimbabwe. Wish to share knowledge with other melon farmers to increase yields and expand

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  • 90. Pharis mukui said on 9/12/2012 4:18:00 PM
    I live in mbeere a place with all what it takes to plant melons the problem i face is that the fruit is infected with pest and becomes black pli z help
  • 91. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 9/13/2012 6:06:35 PM
    @Pharis Mukui, dear Pharis......your Problem is not pest! its calcium deficiency in the soil causing Blossom end rot(blackening) of fruits. Microbes and other pests just come later to feast on rotted fruit -it is easier for them than going to penetrate a healthy fruit.

    You can correct this by mixing lime (calcium carbonate) in the soil some weeks before planting, be sure to mix thoroughly as lime is not Mobile in soil unlike other fertilizers. If you have already planted the best option will be to use foliar calcium sprays on leaves. this can be mixed with your regular fungicides. Be careful as with all new foliar sprays to test on a small sample and leave overnight to see results before extrapolating to the entire crop. The other source of calcium when you have already planted is top dressing with CAN(calcium ammonium nitrate) fertilizer pellets. this has however been tricky for me as i have ended up having excess nitrogen that can burn the crop. Blossom end rot is made worse if we have excesses of water in soil.....too dry or too wet...affects the uptake of calcium. Proper Drainage / mulching/ Irrigation management will also be important. ALL THIS HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF SOIL FERTILITY ANALYSIS....ONLY 1000/- AT KARI.

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  • 92. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 9/13/2012 6:40:59 PM
    @Njeri, hi, why on earth would you want to grow seedless varieties!! Just google the health benefits of Watermelon seeds. you should chew them and swallow. Any way i have never looked for them but what i know is that they do not produce fertile pollen so you will have to mix with seeded types to ensure pollination occurs. You are planting for first time so you can have a plethora of varieties including Sukari f1 and 2 or 3 other varieties in blocks so you learn what works well. To succeed try and be as professional as possible, see if you can send topsoil sample to KARI to get fertility report and fertilizer recommendation. Also try and be available for supervision as frequent as possible, if you have to be far do promise your worker a huge bonus to get him committed and motivated...and give it when money come!......i use 10% for my farm guys! for seedless varieties you can contact Amiran or Syngenta for assistance.

    @cyrus mwangi, please see comment 47 on melons and cold areas, let me know in case of further questions.

    @cathy, get water, get seeds, test soil for fertility and get started.

    @maina, please do try high yielding varieties with large fruits since you only have one acre. You can start exploring Nakuru market way in advance...dont worry you are in good proximity to Nairobi .....please go ahead. God bless you.

    @ezekiel massek m., nk you thankyou Ezekiel, God bless you.

    I install DRIP IRRIGATION SYSTEMS FOR WATERMELON

    @Effort Msvutisa, nks Thank you brother, lets all get empowered and empower our continent and later the world when Africa becomes a leading exporter of high quality Watermelons. God bless you.

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  • 93. nicholas kirimi said on 9/15/2012 3:21:58 AM
    am kirimi from laikipia gatemu area and want to start small scale water melon farming. there is enough water for irrigation and the soil is black cotton soil. can i go ahead . i have bought two acres of land already
  • 94. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 9/15/2012 9:06:46 AM
    @Nicholas kirimi, hi, thanks for question. As a general rule, Watermelons dont do as well on heavy clay soils as compared to light sand loams. i however came across a farg melons) on black cotton soil under drip Irrigation. please go ahead and try now that you have bought land. try and use lots of well decomposed manure and organic matter to loosen Soil. Make sure you prevent waterlogging from excess Irrigation. Depending on your appetite for risk/patience.......start with small trial patches planting as many varieties you can find and create your own benchmark data to know if project is worthy venture and how to pursue it. good luck.

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  • 95. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 9/15/2012 9:37:31 AM
    @Francis Ndungu, Dear Francis, three months are over since you planted the new hybrid Watermelon seeds Sentinel F1 and Pata Negra F1 from Seminis Seeds(Monsanto). Kindly if you do not mind please tell us your experience with the Pata Negra f1; was it resistant to the Fusarium wilt on your farm. What was the average fruit size and the number of fruits per vine? I'm planning to experiment with them hybrids from Monsanto later on but many farmers would love to hear your feedback especially those with Fusarium infested fields. Looking forward to your feedback. Thanks, Anthony

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  • 96. kirimi said on 9/18/2012 6:12:48 PM
    kirimi from laikipia , can water mellon do well in black cotton soil in semiarid area with enough irrigation water
  • 97. Esther said on 9/20/2012 3:31:17 PM
    Hallo, anyone here who has watermelon buyers at good prices? I have some that will be ready from October. email me the contact you may have the farm is in Kitui
  • 98. Robert Odak said on 9/22/2012 12:51:14 AM
    Hi. Am Robert. I intend to plant 2-3 acres of water melon on my farm in Migori - Southern Nyanza first week of October 2012. That is the season for growing and curing Tobacco in this region and since i suspect the two crops share diseases eg fusarium, wilt do i stand a chance?
  • 99. arnold ombech said on 9/25/2012 12:18:22 PM
    Hi, i come from uyoma in siaya county in kenya. The type of soil in my area is black cotton soil and i'm interested in doing commercial farming. please advice on the best crop to plant in this area. thanks.
  • 100. francis ndungu said on 9/27/2012 5:00:26 AM
    Hi Anthony. I did harvest the melons and i would say that pata negra did very well coz the size of fruits ranged between 8-12kgs per fruit. The number of fruits per plant is about 3. I planted again but this time av planted pata negra and sukari F1.
  • 101. maina said on 10/1/2012 8:16:10 AM
    thanks for your responses, i have an abundance of aged cow and goat manure. can do without DAP fertilizer
  • 102. wachira said on 10/1/2012 1:25:25 PM
    thanks for the help and advice you give to all of us, i have a 12 acre of land in laikipia , i want to plant crops for profit, i would like to partner with somebody who like farming , could you please advice me
  • 103. Redempta said on 10/11/2012 6:28:42 AM
    hi, thanx a lot for the invaluable advice u've been giving. I'm from Kisumu -Kenya. a new farmer doing the sukari f1 which i planted 1 and half weeks ago and are germinating alright. Problem is, something is eating the leaves but i just cant figure out what it is & how to go about preventing further damage. Please advice also on whether it is ok to use the NPK granules and the easy gro starter at the same time for top dressing. Looking 4ward 2reading from u. Thank u.
  • 104. Ann Njoroge said on 10/11/2012 9:34:19 AM
    My watermelon plantation is now 25 days old at Makuyu in Murang'a district the place is hot and the water is scarcity, my worry is how to prevent diseases and pests please advice
  • 105. bashra said on 10/11/2012 10:57:42 AM
    hi. am from malndi another hot spot for watermelon. however in my plot the top soil was scooped out in the effort to make land level smooth and water flow well by gravity. is the remaining soil (after scooping top soil) ok for planting watermelon?
  • 106. SK Chemoiwa said on 10/14/2012 4:04:57 AM
    I wish to drip watermelon. However I need to know the amount of water consumed by melon per day.
  • 107. john kioko said on 10/14/2012 1:01:50 PM
    From masinga. Machakos county. wish to know if there are products used to curb Melon bursting especially during the rainy season. Mine will be ready for first harvesting by late this month.
  • 108. jacqueline said on 10/14/2012 1:53:24 PM
    hi i am in Mombasa and i want to grow melons around mtwapa this month. which is the best variety and can i use the current rain season to grow them.
  • 109. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 10/15/2012 6:40:10 AM
    @kirimi, hi hi Kirimi, black cotton heavy clay soil is not recommended for Watermelon as a general rule, but if it is the only land you can get with water and you really want to try good. Make sure you add alarge shovel full of well decomposed manure or compost per planting hole to improve the properties of the heavy clay. Also ensure uniform Irrigation without waterlogging, this will prevent cracking and root damage that occurs when black cotton soils are too dry. Please first try in a small area and see how the results are before pouring all your money in a risky endeavor.........good luck.

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  • 110. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 10/15/2012 6:55:11 AM
    @Esther, Dear Esther, the best advise ill give you is to go to the markets your self and meet the buyers as they offload produce, there is no standard price buyer....you have to drive a good bargain based on how the market is at the time, also since Kitui is some distance from market you'll need to have at least a lorry full to attract a buyer. The buyer will need to know also the quality of your fruit before settling for a price...are they large and attractive or tiny tiny and scarfaced!! The best way is to contact many buyers to ensure you get best deal before committing on price.....also the other benefit of going to market your self is that you'll get to know the latest and best valued varieties in demand.

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  • 111. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 10/15/2012 7:07:08 AM
    @Robert Odak, Hi, you can try Watermelon hybrids that have some tolerance to fusarium. Try Pata Negra from Seminis seeds and hope it will be resistant to the fusarium in your soil........the Problem is that there are about 3 strains of fusarium that affect Watermelon and no variety is completely resistant to all the strains. You can also hope that the level of infestation by the fusarium fungi is not so much to have significant effect on yield. Those are factors you have to consider concerning Fusarium. Good luck

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  • 112. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 10/15/2012 8:09:06 AM
    @francis ndungu, Thank you Francis ....it seems this Pata Negra is a variety to reckon with!!! The seeds for hybrids are annoyingly high but returns splendid.........lets hope more and more hybrid Seeds from different suppliers will be availed in the market for prices to come down. Francis good job, we as Watermelon Farmers of Kenya (WFK) unofficially appoint you as our Pioneer variety and hybrid researcher! Thank you for sharing about Pata Negra from Seminis Monsanto.

    There is a new hybrid i came across at The Nairobi Trade Fair 2012 from Royal Seed, Kenya Highland Seed Company; its called Andaman 636 F1! They claim in brochure that it can give a staggering max yield of 96 tons per 1 acre and it matures in only 80-85 days....less than three months...average fruit size 8kg black- green round fruits. Who wants to try this and share findings?!! Even if one gets half the yield indicated in the brochure....this is still MASSIVE!!!

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  • 113. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 10/15/2012 8:50:21 AM
    @maina, Dear Maina, the, best way would be to do a soil test. KEPHIS also does soil analysis and fertilizer recommendation. There are various options for giving plants nutrients, soil additions, forliar leaf sprays and fertilization through Irrigation water. If you dont want to do soil test you can push your luck and see, if you want to be professional it will cost you about 2500/- at Kephis and 1000/- at KARI ....transport extra. Good luck God bless.

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  • 114. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 10/15/2012 9:06:37 AM
    @jacqueline, dear Miss, unfortunately i'm not able to promise you anything concerning rainfall, weather scientists cant also be trusted. Plant and pray God. If it will help. according to forcasts, we should be having a mild el nino till the end of year 2012 in most parts of country including Coast. Try your best and pray for success then commit returns first to develop an Irrigation system.

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  • 115. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 10/15/2012 9:13:49 AM
    @SK Chemoiwa, amount of water depends on several factors including strength of sunlight evaporation, crop stage, soil type, mulching etc..a typical average for my unique soil, environment etc is 300ml per plant per day. this is for my farm, might be too little or excess in your conditions!!

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  • 116. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 10/15/2012 2:28:11 PM
    @arnold ombech, Dear sir, you did not say whether you have Irrigation water, that is what counts in serious commercial farming! If you do i would suggest you try a crop like onions-they are quite resistant to diseases, store well(3mths) and fetch good Market prices. Onions grow well on a wide range of soils including black cotton as long as water logging is avoided by using raised beds. Offcourse you can still improve the heavy Soils further by adding lots of organic mater and debris which will aid in humus formation. for quick and profitable returns you can try planting Jambar F1, a hybrid from Seminis Monsanto it matures in 3 months as opposed to the traditional 6months and yields up to 23 tons per acre as opposed to the 6-7 tons from traditional varieties. If you sell at 50/- per kg, ure in millions already just after 3 months for acre. AND YOU HAVE 3MONTHS AFTER HARVESTING TO GET MARKET!!! Good luck! GODbless.

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  • 117. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 10/16/2012 11:07:38 AM
    @bashra, get your soil tested for fertility to know what needs to be added. Prepare lots of organic materials and manure early as you wait for report. Next time during leveling ensure top soil-about 30-50cm is scooped and kept nearby before leveling then returned. Top soil is the life of your farm. it will take sometime but the fertility of your farm will slowly return. You should still farm and do as the Soil test report says. u can also provide nutrients through leafsprays.. Good luck.

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  • 118. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 10/17/2012 2:59:02 AM
    @Ann Njoroge, hi Anna, you need to go to your local AGROVET and ask for the available preventive fungicide for your melons, also ask for the available insecticide spray for use on melons and use as recommended. ease on insecticide during flowering to allow bees to polinate. Strictly adhere to safety procedures while handling Agro chemicals. the elderly and children should not be allowed to handle!

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  • 119. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 10/17/2012 3:04:08 AM
    @Ann Njoroge, hi hi Anna, you need to go to your local AGROVET and ask for the available preventive fungicide for your melons, also ask for the available insecticide spray for use on melons and use as recommended. easeon insecticide during flowering to allow bees to polinate. Strictly adhere to safety procedures while handling Agro chemicals. theelderlyand children should not be allowed to handle!

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  • 120. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 10/17/2012 3:22:29 AM
    @Redempta, Dear Redempta, you need to regularly spray insecticide to protect your leaves, try catching the leaf eater redhanded or use magnifying glass maybe they are right there under your nose! Ease on the insecticide during flowering to allow for bee pollination. Concerning NPK granules and easy grow starter......its easy to burn plants with the granules, i would suggest you use the easy grow and dilute properly or you'll still burn leaves. After flowering make sure you shift to the right easy grow foliar fertilizer. No need to combine granules and spray. you risk over fertilizing. dangerous!

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  • 121. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 10/17/2012 4:03:05 AM
    @wachira, Dear Sir. Do your homework, research on the resources you have in terms of land, soil type, Irrigation potential etc. Clearly understand crops that have high value and can do well on your 12 acres then make a detailed business plan showing the required investment and payback period.....do a thorough job and ensure the plan makes business sense without using bravado and exaggerations. Also have a plan for sharing returns and a plan for termination in case of disagreement with partner...how and what you will share as you go your separate ways. I would strongly advise that you'd rather start small on your own and perfect the crop production part, you could do any high yielding hybrid crop and generate capital for growth, but ,most most importantly the expertise to handle the crop.....then you can assess whether you still need a partner, handling partnerships is usually hard work!! By starting small on your own, You'll have avoided the common pitfall of new farmers- 'initial yield failure'......most farmers initially we start by loosing money!......even worse if its your un-understanding partners money" . If you still need a Partner, please start with your Good relatives, then friends before you reach strangers......that way it will be easier to handle emotions and egos especially if you make it BIG TIME!

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  • 122. Redempta said on 10/20/2012 5:20:07 PM
    hi. I'm Redempta from Yala, Western Kenya. Thanx for ur response to my question. Please advice on how to prune watermelon vines to ensure big and quality fruits. Demonstrate if possible. Thank u.
  • 123. austine said on 10/22/2012 6:20:07 AM
    hello, am from tana delta region and would kindly like to know the types of crops to grow each season. i rely on irrigation from river tana(channel system)as av done watermelons during june but did not get the yield i expected due to moisture stress. is drip irrigation better and where can i obtain the kits asante
  • 124. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 10/23/2012 3:50:04 AM
    DEAR WATERMELON FARMERS PLEASE PLEASE DO INVEST IN BEEHIVES IF YOUR NEIGHBORS DO NOT HAVE THEM OR IF THERE ARE NO WILD ONES IN YOUR LOCALITY....A MODERN TYPE LIKE THE 'KENYAN TOP BAR HIVE'......YES KENYA IS DOING WELL EVEN IN BEE FARMING TO INVENT AN INTERNATIONALLY REKNOWN HIVE....... WILL ONLY COST 4000/- ONO. IT HAS VERY MINIMAL WORK.......YOU JUST PUT EMPTY HIVE ON FARM and thats it!! Your parts done....bees will find it due to the traces of wax on the top bars and they'll know what to do and grow colony with queen and all that. This will solve the Problem of only one fruit per plant.....lack of bees for adequate pollination is usually the no. 1 culprit. If you are investing in hybrids Please do this to avoid disappointment! Who knows maybe it could also lead to a new line of income...according to a vendor i met at the Nairobi 2012 Show, the typical yield for a small hive after the colony is established is 10-15kg per month, then if u buy from them they will be buying your honey at 300/- per kg....they do all the harvesting so no stings for you! @ 10 kgs thats 3000/- per month ......for ten hives investment =40k returns approx 30k per month after colony establishment. According to the vendor, colony establishment takes about 3 months if a pollen and nectar rich area. As a serious commercial fruit farmer we should research and invest more in bees.........just as serious Animal farmers invest in Insemination and reproduction.

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  • 125. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 10/23/2012 4:19:03 AM
    @Redempta, dear Redempta, the best way to maximise fruit size for higher yields is to play with the number of fruits.....2-3 fruits per plant is the norm for commercial farmers. Although you need to be careful when balancing fruit size and number e.g 4 fruits of 5 kgs is a higher yield than 2 large 8kg fruits!.......you may be proud of your large quality melons at market but your competitor will be proud of his fat check from 5 kg fruits. Usually there is no need to prune the vines...if you must, make sure the number of fruits desired have already formed, then just cut off the new buds and young shoots that will require growing energy and nutrients, Not mature or almost mature leaves cause this are responsible for Photosynthesis that produces the food stored up in the melons. Please also do supply adequate (not excess) nutrients and water. Good luck God bless.

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  • 126. andrew ngungi said on 10/23/2012 10:08:40 AM
    thanks for advice, can i get @francis ndungu's email, or phone no,we are from the same mbeere region,i could visit his farm. thanks
  • 127. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 10/24/2012 2:43:33 PM
    @francis ndungu, Dear sir, Andrew Ngungi from Mbeere is kindly requesting for your contacts? If you are ok with this email me directly or sms. Thank you for your contributions and participation so far. Regards. Anthony @ Andrew Ngungi,

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  • 128. angela akaki said on 10/28/2012 4:17:14 PM
    am from nairobi kenya . i want to venture into watermelon farming in kibwezi, i have three acres approximately how much would it cost me to successfully grow till harvest time
  • 129. Alice said on 10/29/2012 8:08:42 AM
    I would like to start growing melons in Thika area next month. I want to start with Sukari F1 variety. Is there a farmer from Thika who can advise and guide me through. Thanks Francis and Wanyoz for all your knowledge sharing.
  • 130. Musita Rosemary said on 10/29/2012 12:16:40 PM
    Thanks for your advice. I want to try watermelon farming in Makueni, Wote area. Would it be okay if I till the land and then pour(1 acre)cowdung, leave it fallow for Nov n Dec, to let it dry up. Till it afresh and then plant in January, under drip irrigation. The yield would be in March-early April 2013. What would you advise? I am interested in the bee keeping project, too. Please email me the contacts of the bee keeping experts you met at the 2012 Nairobi Show. You are such a gem!!!!! God bless you.
  • 131. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 11/1/2012 8:23:08 AM
    @john kioko, hi John, sorry John......no products that i know of because the cause of the bursting is uptake of excess moisture by the roots. If the bursting was due to excess sun you could cover/coat fruits with lime like is done for pumpkins

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  • 132. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 11/1/2012 8:29:40 AM
    @angela akaki, most of your cost will be in Irrigation, share water source and mode of application in my gmail for more detailed estimations. thank you. Anthony

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  • 133. Daniel Mbega said on 11/2/2012 5:06:24 AM
    Hi! I live in Iringa (The Southern Highland of Tanzania) which is cool, wet. I have a farm with sand loam soil. The rainfall is about to start this December all along to March. Do I have to start planting watermelon and cucumber this time? What is the ideal time for me to start farming these crops? Thank you. And what variety should I use so that it could produce high yield? Thanks again.
  • 134. paul said on 11/3/2012 4:53:29 PM
    i want to venture in watermelon farming in Ngoliba. Is it the right time to plant during this month?
  • 135. john Njoroge said on 11/8/2012 3:22:53 AM
    Hi, i wish to start farming of water melons in Loitoktok on a 10 acre piece of land. I have adequate water supply for irrigating the land and the soil is very fertile and well aerated ie as per your description. This to say is a virgin land only used for grazing. kindly advice on the cost of seeds per acre and also the cost of pesticides and any other requirement excluding labour. do i have to use fertilizers on such a land?. Thanks for your support. Njoroge
  • 136. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 11/16/2012 4:54:44 AM
    @Daniel Mbega, Dear sir from your description you are in a cool and wet region. not ideal for melons, I also suppose your altitude may be greater than 1500m above sea level, you'll have trouble from the onset. if you strongly feel you must, please try on a small scale and plant when there is only two more months left of the rainy season. As for varieties buy small sachets of all varieties you can get in market as this is experimental face, East African Seed company is also in Tanzania so getting Sukari F1 hybrid should not be a problem, Monsanto Seminis is Multinational so i guess their seeds will also be available. Good luck hope to hear of your progress in the future. If you can lease land in dryer parts of Tanzania with irrigation water you'll be in Watermelon business! God bless.

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  • 137. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 11/16/2012 5:07:38 AM

    @john Njoroge,  Dear John, cost of seeds depends whether you are using hybrids or ordinary seeds if using hybrids seed will cost you 10 - 30k  per acre. For pesticides and fungicides the cost depends on the brands you are using typical cost is about 5-10k per acre but can be higher or less. As for your lands fertility please do not destroy it by just taking out and putting nothing back! that has been the ruin of many agricultural lands in Kenya.

    Your soil may be fertile for maize but deficient for cotton or  onions or other crop. Please be professional and have it analyzed and follow the manure and fertilizer recommendation if you want to be business for a long time and if you want heavy/ huge sweet melons. good luck.

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  • 138. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 11/16/2012 5:20:27 AM

    @Musita Rosemary,  Hi,  i guess you just want to dry the animal waste to ensure it does not burn your crop...... its ok but you will have lost lots of nitrates and other nutrient to the atmosphere.....if possible find out how to do a compost heap or a compost pit and put all ingredients and cover and moisturize from time to time.... this way you will have very rich well formed manure high in humus. Another point  you may want to consider is not to apply on entire farm,......wastage......... all that is needed is a shovel full or two per planting hole to be thoroughly mixed with soil the excess you can sell or keep for later use in various compost heaps/pits. For bee hive contacts send me email on my Gmail and ill give you their contacts. God bless.

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  • 139. Redempta said on 11/17/2012 3:36:00 PM
    hi. I'm always looking forward to your advice. My watermelon vines are now flowering and some fruiting. Super-exciting but i have one major problem...ladybirds. Orange with many spots and these insects have been eating my melon leaves! I think. I have tried killing them manually but its really not practical going round all vines searching. Please advice on how to get rid of them. Can i apply insecticide? If yes, which one in the kenyan market would u recommend? Please reply soonest. Thank u.
  • 140. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 11/20/2012 5:17:33 AM

    @Redempta, Dear Redempta, the ladybirds are carnivorous and feed only on aphids on your leaves not on the melon leaves ......they are innocent and not to blame. If the leaves being eaten is not too serious  ignore using pesticide till all fruits form  to avoid killing the bees for pollination. if it is serious you need to identify which creature is responsible then use the appropriate chemical.

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  • 141. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 11/20/2012 5:37:54 AM

    @paul,  Dear Paul, you are from Ngoliba so i assume you have plenty of irrigation water from Thika River or Athi River. That means you can plant any time of the year that you choose including right now. Right now however due to the short rains may not be the best time if you want highest prices because you will be selling at the same time with many other rain farmers. if you can delay planting by a month or two you should rake in good profits. Just be sure that heavy rains do not come at your planned a harvesting period and burst your melons good luck.... Nitafutie plot huko Ngoliba!!!

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  • 142. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 11/20/2012 5:53:47 AM

    @austine, Dear Austine, i understand you had moisture stress yet you come from Tana River Bank near the delta. here you need to be careful on the water that you direct to the farm......you could be irrigating with the back-flow of seawater in the river instead of fresh inland water.....definitely you will get moisture stress due to high salt content in water. To avoid this you could invest in a TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) meter, If the TDS is above 1000 then the water is not suitable for irrigation , with the meter you will easily be able to establish the typical salinity pattern of the river and know how to time irrigation. you wait till its good and direct to farm.

    you could farm Melons and all many other crops that appreciate the coastal sunlight and the soil type.....of course a crop that has a reasonable demand and brings money in pocket. Yes drip irrigation would help since you will require less 70-80% less water. Send me an email on my gmail ill send you a quote for the kits. Thanks Anthony

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  • 143. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 11/20/2012 6:07:22 AM

    @austine, Tds meter cost about 3-6k email me i give you contacts of supplier. Thx Anthony

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  • 144. Cynthia said on 11/21/2012 4:03:52 AM
    I have just visited your site on Watermelon Growing Tips and I am very grateful for all the information there. I would like to grow Watermelons initially on a 5 acre piece of land and extend it as I go. The area in which the land in is along Thika Garissa Road and is called Ngoliba. The soil is generally a mix of Sand and Red soil. I will irrigate from River Chania. Kindly assist me in the following areas:
    Should I use drip or fallow irrigation
    What fertilizer should I use when
    What is the best manure to use/how much
    How far apart should I space the melons
    Is there ready market for melons
    What are the start up costs
    I am starting off. This is the first time I am planting. Please send me any information that might be useful. Thank you in advance.
  • 145. francis ndungu said on 11/21/2012 7:42:53 AM
    Hi @Anthony, i wanted to know how i can get those beehives.@ Alice you can contact me coz am also in Thika and i would like to pay you a visit at your farm.
  • 146. Arumte said on 11/22/2012 10:50:59 AM
    Hi Sir, i am really pleased with ur advice to farmers, i do have a 2 acre farm (nyanza) in Bondo district, Usenge location, Got ramogi sublocation and am planning to start watermelon farming. i dnt want to rely on rainfall n the lake is quite far but i do have a 10,000/=litre watertank. also i would like to know ur cost of installing the drip irrigation kit. and whether it will work with the tank. thanks in advance..
  • 147. victor sila said on 11/23/2012 8:20:49 AM
    Hi sir, Am Looking forward to do some Water Melon Farming in Kibwezi. The Place is Hot, good soil. The Water For Irrigation is a bit Salty Though. Please Advice.
  • 148. Harrison Mbuthu said on 11/24/2012 2:58:25 AM
    I'm from makueni district and I have a land of 7 acre, I Plant watermelon but I wish to have water tanks for farming, my QNs is how much (volume)water needed for an acre from growing to harvest. please update, Harrison
  • 149. silas Talai said on 11/27/2012 4:08:14 AM
    am in kenya in marakwet district Riftvalley. I wanted 2 start watermelon farming since the temperatures are high know at this place of which it prolongs upto march, the soil is loam and its dry but got plenty of water in the farm so should i go ahead and plant and is there ready market for this? Thanks
  • 150. OLALERE M.O. said on 11/27/2012 9:06:48 AM
    Tips on growing water melon, tomatoes and pepper to profit level in dry season through irrigation. plus suggestion on other high yielding crops in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria geographical area of tropics.
  • 151. Redempta said on 11/28/2012 1:09:47 AM
    dear Sir, i'm having a very big problem at my farm and i dont know what to do anymore. Vines are fruiting but the fruit get rotten, blackish once they get to b plum size. I do not understand what is happening. Leaves r also yellowing then turning black despite my efforts of applying fungicides and vegetative sprays. Please help.
  • 152. chesang said on 12/19/2012 8:51:58 AM
    Am from kenya, baringo, marigat, perkerra irrigation, I do plant watermelon and get good harvest, but the problem is market price
  • 153. kitonyi kikuvi Gideon said on 12/22/2012 4:36:56 AM
    am from kathonzweni i need to plant watermelon please advice on types to plant & market. also am planting on end feb am i am on the safe side intern of market.
  • 154. RACHEL said on 12/24/2012 8:03:43 AM
    I am in Lamu county and planning to start water melon in Mokowe but the soil is sandy. PLEASE ADVICE
  • 155. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 1/4/2013 10:01:06 AM

    @Redempta, Sorry for delay in response, please be emailing me direct or call for urgent help. You are facing either calcium deficiency causing blossom end rot and fruit abortion or you have melon fly piercing your tender fruits. The more likely case is calcium deficiency. correction is spraying with foliar calcium sprays on weekly basis.

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  • 156. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 1/4/2013 10:05:12 AM

    @RACHEL, Lamu is good, sandy soil is good.....just add lots of manure since melons are heavy feeders, like 1 or two shovel full of well decomposed manure or compost per planting hole and mix thoroughly with the soil

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  • 157. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 1/4/2013 10:14:21 AM

    @chesang, for good watermelon price or for watermelon buyers in kenya that offer competitive or high watermelon prices be ready to move about and visit major watermelon markets. you should also realize that if you have a good tonnage you can hire a truck yourself and take to the market. if you produce large quality melons you will be able to bargain and get competitive offers. Also if you have more than one watermelon brokers or watermelon buyers in kenya you are likely to get wonderful offers and good watermelon price in kenyan market.

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  • 158. Ally Mwenda said on 1/13/2013 4:32:59 AM
    I'm from Morogoro-Tanzania, I'm planning to start watermelon farm in next month of feb, pls let me know if SUKARI F1 can grow well here? +0255 762 575152.
  • 159. Mwangi Kamau said on 1/14/2013 3:52:36 AM
    Hello there. I want to do serious commercial watermelon farming in Masinga area of Mwea Division near the banks of Masinga dam. What is the average cost of production per acre and also the average returns per acre for F1 Sukari? Thanks a lot for the fantastic information you're sharing with hardworking Kenyans who want to make Kenya the best place on earth. May God bless us and the work of our hands abundantly. (kamaubm@gmail.com)
  • 160. Bernard Gitimu said on 1/21/2013 12:56:12 PM
    My sukari f1 melons are now ready for harvest in mbeere. Anybody willing to come with canters can contact me thru bernardmunene58@yahoo.com or the no below. Indicate your price per kg.God be with you. Bernard Gitimu P.0 Box 8760-00200 Nairobi,Kenya +254 721 917 844.
  • 161. loice said on 1/24/2013 5:36:16 AM
    harare zimbabwe. can i have information regarding the growing of watermelons ,appropriate seasons ,fertilizer requirements and disease control
  • 162. Eric Gichuki said on 1/29/2013 5:11:36 AM
    I am a new entrant into farming & I started in january of 2013 with 2 acres of sukari F1 melons in Mwea. Has anyone done melon farming in Mwea and how is the experience? The melons should be ready by end of March.
  • 163. Bernard G said on 1/30/2013 12:47:33 AM
    Hello Eric Mwea has favorable climate 4melon. I have been growing there and i have also grown. So just maintain it. U r in the right place.
  • 164. Mukungu akim said on 2/1/2013 12:04:42 AM
    I want to start growing water melon but the type i have is loam soil and clay soil. Could that soil the growth of watermelon. Am mukungu akimu from Jinja-uganda
  • 165. Mwangi Kamau said on 2/1/2013 9:44:03 AM
    I'd wish to meet Eric Gichuki who's growing melons in Mwea and posted his query on 29:01:13. We've a lot in common starting with the location of the farm. He can reach me on 0724862136, Thanks
  • 166. Harry Kiarie beginner adviser said on 2/3/2013 5:08:03 AM
    Hey, do you want to lease 10 acres, fully irrigated with drip lines? This is a great farm for water melons, onions, tomatoes etc. You can lease part of or the whole farm, from 1 acre to all 10. What's more it's available for either a season or for a year. Please get in touch with me on 0722515278 or harrykiarie@hotmail.com

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  • 167. Bernard Kamau said on 2/4/2013 3:58:58 AM
    Dear @Harry Kiarie, Where is the land located n what are the rates?
  • 168. Harry Kiarie beginner adviser said on 2/6/2013 2:08:27 PM
    @Bernard Kamau, land located at Isinya, kajiado county. Land will be leased fully irrigated with the right drip line spacing. In specialized crops like straw berries, apples and green house tomatoes, we will put for you the necessary infrastructure as this differs with crop. So as you can see we avail you the land when it is ready for planting and rates will vary based on your individual crop requirements. We generally target what we call agropreneurs- these are people who would like to do farming as a business and who want to take advantage of close proximity to Nairobi ( 45 minutes), but they may lack the land themselves or the time to do infrastructure setup. It is also a great way to earn an extra income. What is more our team of professional agriculturalists can run for you the farm and keep you informed at every step on the progress being made.

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  • 169. Bernard Kamau said on 2/8/2013 7:35:03 AM
    Thanks Harry for your response and expounding on what your organisation does. I'll update a friend who's interested in greenhouse-farming in the outskirts of Nairobi.
  • 170. Joyce said on 2/11/2013 3:10:38 AM
    Hi Team, Am looking for farmers with water melons for sale. Advice me where to get at good prices
  • 171. Bernard Gitimu said on 2/12/2013 8:35:10 AM
    @Joyce i have 4 acres at of Sukari f1 mbeere contact me thru 0721917844.2wks time it wl b ready 4harvestng
  • 172. john kioko said on 2/13/2013 3:41:00 AM
    hi @Joyce i have 6-acres of sukari f1 at Ithanga about 30km from Matuu town. They will be ready by mid-march.My contact ;0720228628.
  • 173. Austine maua said on 2/14/2013 4:00:54 AM
    Thanks for the reply, but at garsen which is more than 45km from the sea, do u still recommend a TDS or TSS test, found a cheaper alternative at the lab, cheers
  • 174. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 2/14/2013 6:15:19 AM
    @Austine maua, you are welcome...TSS not so important.....TDS is what affects moisture stress in soil......hope now you will not be affected by moisture stress in your watermelons. Good luck. If you still want Drip irrigation lines call me, i supply drip lines with a spacing of 0.9m suitable for melons.

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  • 175. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 2/14/2013 6:21:52 AM

    @Eric Gichuki,  Dear Erick, trust you are keeping on with melons, Mwangi Kamau from your farm area would like to meet you. if you want to meet him kindly share your contacts on my gmail if you do not want your number to be so public on the website.

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  • 176. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 2/14/2013 6:26:20 AM

    @loice, Dear Loice, trust you are fine in Zimbabwe, If you read through this webpage slowly you will gather lots of information you need to start successfully. if you still have information gaps please let us know the specific questions and we will address them for you. Good luck. Zimbabwe is a good area for watermelons

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  • 177. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 2/14/2013 6:29:31 AM

    @Mukungu akim,  loam soil is good. clay soil will need a lot of organic matter and manure addition to facilitate loosening of soil, drainage, aeration for roots. Make sure you time your planting to avoid too much rain at harvest to prevent bursting of melons. God Bless good luck.

    wanyoz@gmail.com, +254 725812827 || Watermelon Farming Consultant

  • 178. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 2/14/2013 6:33:12 AM

    @kitonyi kikuvi Gideon, Dear Gideon,  you can try Hybrids e.g Sukari F1, Pata Negra,  etc and non Hybrids e.g Sugarbaby and Crimson sweet. Based on the successes you achieve you can select your regular variety. End of Feb is a good time for planting as it is not a rainy season in most areas. Good luck.

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  • 179. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 2/14/2013 6:36:19 AM

    @RACHEL, Sany soil is more than ok if you have enough irrigation water. add also lots of manure and compost and you will have big melons. Make it your business to be collecting animal waste from the neighborhood as often as you get the chance for storage for future use

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  • 180. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 2/14/2013 7:00:44 AM

    @Harrison Mbuthu, Volume of water require per acre from planting to harvest depends on many factors:
    1. Method of irrigation - with drip irrigation you can use up to 75% less water than the other irrigation methods
    2. The soil properties - sandy soils as opposed to heavier soils may consume more water due to easy drying and deep infiltration losses necessiating more frequent irrigation.
    3. water conservation practices - mulching minimizes evaporation losses so reduces irrigation frequency, high humus(manure) content also holds water for longer in soil reducing frequency of irrigation.
    4. The plant spacing - The more the plant in the acre the more the water requirement.

    A rough estimate for drip irrigation for one acre with 4000plants is between 100,000 liters to 200,000 liters from sowing to harvest. for sprinkler much more.....for hosepipe much more plus terrible hard labour.......for furrows and flooding much much much much more water..........its easier to quantify for drip irrigation since we know the typical emitter discharge rate.......good luck.

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  • 181. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 2/14/2013 7:09:45 AM

    @victor sila, send water sample to Kari for irrigation suitability test against melons. seek professional advise based on the water analysis report. there could be long term repercussions for using the water on your farm. soil Salinizationa (accumulation of salts in soil that affect fertility) with the report you will know:
    1. whether the water is acceptable for use with the level of salt (minerals)
    2. What you can do  to correct the water e.g if TDS is too high and you have the resources you can invest in a Reverse Osmosis desalinization Plant to give you excellent water.......the initial cost is high but the running cost if you have electricity is ok and still profitable for farming.........the water from such machines can be so good you could even consider bottling for sale once you get required certificates.

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  • 182. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 2/14/2013 7:13:52 AM

    @Arumte, 10,000 liter tank is ok, you will need to raise it 2-3 meters above the ground depending on farmland. Send me and email describing your farm in terms of dimensions and slope if possible email me simple sketch on my Gmail and i will reply you with estimates for drip irrigation installation for your farm.

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  • 183. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 2/14/2013 7:25:59 AM

    Tip on bees for watermelon pollination. If you are farming under irrigation in a dry area without water bodies, the bee population may reduce during the dryest time of the season.  They may even migrate from your beehive that you placed on farm....... to avoid this you can be feeding the bees with water and sugar syrup bit by bit  until your melon flowers are ready with nectar again..........you'll get poor quality honey  for some time, but our main objective is to have numerous healthy watermelon fruits.....well pollinate......good yields.

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  • 184. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 2/14/2013 7:29:46 AM

    @kiptanui kirui,  Dear Sir,  Trust you have finished your studies!! how far have you reached with your watermelon farming plans? Good Luck.

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  • 185. Bernard Gitimu said on 2/17/2013 11:33:01 AM
    Mine is ready to harvest this wk. I want to sell straight from the shamba all of it. 1st come 1st served. Welcome
  • 186. Mercy said on 2/28/2013 7:42:27 AM
    hey, am doing 10 acres of watermelon and I'll start planting on 1st march, how will be the market by the time they are ready?
  • 187. apolinary said on 3/1/2013 7:08:12 PM
    I am frm Tanzania,Tanga just 61 kms frm Mombasa and have planted 5 acres of watermelons, guys they are really nice and ready for sell in this march, 2013 Mr Anthony how demand is in kenya now? That we can make good deal, give me the price per kg in ksh
  • 188. Harrison Mbuthu said on 3/2/2013 12:45:05 AM
    I do watermelon farming and I need to be updated always because through watermelon growing tips I knew a lot in doing it .God bless you as i wait to keep learning from you . Harrison
  • 189. JACKSON MUENDO said on 3/7/2013 7:23:31 AM
    I plant water melon Sukari F1 and towards maturity there is lot of bursting and lotting, also there are lots of deformities. My soil is sandy. What could be the problem?
  • 190. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 3/27/2013 9:33:58 AM
    @JACKSON MUENDO, Jackson if your melons are bursting towards the end even without rainfall it means you are overirrigating at later stages. poor melon shape is usually due to poor pollination, put beehive in farm. Also watch out for Melon fly....causes deformity around the sting.

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  • 191. Jacinta said on 3/27/2013 10:11:56 AM
    Thank you for the good job you are doing. I would like to plant the watermelons in May in Makueni. Will the cold season in June/July affect the yields.
  • 192. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 4/1/2013 6:43:01 AM
    @jacinta, Thank you for appreciation, God bless, The cold season may affect your melons by reducing their sweetness and increasing the no. of days to maturity. if you manage to get a reasonably hot may, and june your melons may be reasonably ok.

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  • 193. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 4/1/2013 6:50:47 AM

    @Mercy, I do not know your location but you have picked a reasonably good time since you will be harvesting just before the harvest for many  rain farmers is ready. market should be good

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  • 194. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 4/1/2013 6:53:47 AM

    @Jacinta, if possible try and see if you can squeeze your time and plant just before May and have some week headstart before the coldest of the season.

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  • 195. Janet said on 4/4/2013 11:27:46 AM
    Have started farming in kibwezi.ave leased a 2 acre farm. currently i ave maize n ocra. by start of june would like to plant water melon. what is the best seed to use. am doing irrigation. want to know if june is the ok to plant water melon. want to plant in phases. june i plant an acre, july august n september respectively. just give me advice on how to go about that. thanx n God bless
  • 196. David said on 4/8/2013 2:44:43 PM
    Hi, can you get me contacts for Paul and Cynthia from Ngoliba since am from those sides and I would like to visit if they started planting.
  • 197. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 4/10/2013 4:44:52 AM
    @Janet, Starting with seeds, try two hybrids and one ordinary variety. You can try Lahat F1 from Amiran. average fruit size 9-11 kgs, also try the famous Sukari F1 from Eastafrican seed company. average size 7-8kgs. Also try Crimson Sweet variety. if well fed, can grow very big and seeds are cheaper. Your planting months are ok, you will be getting reasonable prices at Market.

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  • 198. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 4/10/2013 4:52:07 AM
    @Harrison Mbuthu, Thank you for your appreciation, keep visiting this webpage to know whats new as many farmers share their experience. please also do share your successes and challenges so we can perfect this farming. God bless.

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  • 199. watermelon kenya expert expert adviser said on 4/10/2013 5:00:36 AM
    @paul, hi, how is the farming going, David wants to meet you. Inbox me your contacts on gmail if you dont mind. Otherwise looking forward to seeing your post here on your experience and progress. God bless.

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  • 200. Olasunbo said on 4/11/2013 5:31:34 PM
    Hi am from Oyo state in Nigeria. Have plated my watermelon but i wanted to know how month it's going to take before i will harvest it.
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