Can I plant just one watermelon vine in my garden, or do I need two of them?

Asked March 16, 2015, 3:42 PM EDT

Hello, I am planning a few small veggie beds. I'd like to try a watermelon vine. Can I just plant one? Or do I need multiple plants for cross-pollinating? Thanks! Terri

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

You don't need more than one plant but I would still plant two. It is possible that one would die during the season for whatever reason and you will have a backup. Unless you are planning on starting seeds indoors, you will have to purchase transplants from a garden center. You want the short season variety...approximately 65 days. The others do not have enough time to ripen. http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/fruit/growing-melons-in-minnesota-home-gardens/