Indoor sowing melons, cucumbers, squash

Asked December 21, 2017, 8:20 PM EST

I noticed on a link I was sent that if I wanted a head start in sowing watermelon, cucumber or squash seeds, I should do it 4 weeks before transplanting time. Is there a reason it should be 4 weeks (or less) vs. 6 weeks?

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

Here is our germination chart for sowing selected vegetables indoors http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/starting-seeds-indoors

You can direct sow but if you want fruit earlier, sow indoors 3-4 weeks before last frost for Cucumber and squash. These plants grow quickly and can be difficult to transplant. Try to disturb the root system as little as possible.
http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/cucumbers
http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/summer-squash

Watermelon - sow indoors 6 weeks before last frost http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/watermelon


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