When watermelons ripen in Russia
When watermelons ripen in Russia
Edible watermelons (lat. Citrullus lanatus) is the official name of the most huge “berry” from the pumpkin family, which we all love for the sweet juicy flesh of the whole spectrum of red shades that quench thirst.
Watermelons are represented by numerous varieties and various shapes, as well as by the hard surface of the peel of various colors, both monochromatic and striped, and even with a complex graphic pattern.
We can see watermelons grown in almost all countries of the world. But, if it is Russia, then, most likely, the producer will be a more southern region - Krasnodar Territory or Astrakhan (a cult place for growing watermelons).
But it also brought a huge number of new varieties that can easily mature in the suburbs. If you buy imported watermelons, then, most likely, the producers will be Turkey, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan or Kazakhstan.
Watermelons ripen from July to September, it is this time that should be maximally used to improve health with the help of these delicious fruits.
If your climate is suitable for growing watermelons, it is better to do it yourself to be completely confident in their safety. Sometimes in order for watermelons to ripen as early as possible, unscrupulous melon growers use an unacceptable amount of nitrates.
Watermelons originate in hot Africa, so this plant is distinguished by sun affection, thermophilicity, heat resistance. In order to get the early fruits, watermelon seedlings are grown in small cups (like cucumber). When planting it is very important not to damage the roots of the plants and to protect them from hypothermia if frost happens.
The time for sowing watermelon seeds in open ground begins when the soil temperature reaches + 15-17 degrees Celsius at a depth of about 10 cm. The main sowing method is nesting (5 or 6 seeds per nest). For different varieties, nests are placed at different distances, but the most commonly used scheme is 2m x 0.5m x1 m.
After the seedlings are thinned, they must form a second true leaf. During this procedure, the strongest plant is selected.
During weeding and loosening in the morning, when there is no dew, small sprouts need to be tucked up. The soil should be loose and wet - this will allow the formation of adventitious roots.
Excellent harvest of melon crops happens when using special protective wings of sunflower or corn.
Two months after sowing watermelon seeds, intensive blooming will begin at the beginning of male and then female flowers. In order to better pollinate near watermelons, it is necessary to plant honey plants (phacelia, hyssop, serpentine, etc.). After the female flowers are fertilized watermelons will develop and ripen for thirty to forty days.
In order to successfully grow a watermelon, it is imperative to nip the apical bud in the phase when a 5-6 leaf is formed. To obtain an early and high yield at the time of setting fruit, you need to pinch all the tops of the lashes and leave no more than 2-3 fruits on each lash.
When the fruit is the size of a goose egg, they need to set up a stem.
The maturity of watermelons can be determined by the characteristic loud sound and crackle in compression. It can also be recognized by the tail, which becomes thinner and hair falls from it.
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