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Watermelon 'Mini Love' F1 HybridCitrullus lanatus

Half-hardy Annual

What is Half-Hardy Annual?
A plant that completes its entire life cycle (growth, reproduction, death) in one season.
Can be grown outdoors but requires winter protection from frosts and temperatures below 0C.

£3.99

Grow your own delicious watermelons

Bred specifically for growing in Northern Europe

Grow up a wigwam or allow to spread across the ground

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Height Up to 30cm (12in)
Spread Up to 400cm (157in)

Half-hardy Annual

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Description
Bred specifically for growing in the Northern Europe climate, you can enjoy a rewarding crop of fresh, sweet-tasting fruits from Watermelon ‘Mini Love’ fresh from your own garden or greenhouse. Each plant capable of producing between 5-6 fruits weighing up to 3-5kg (7-11lbs), this variety is early ripening and will start to crop from around August. A spreading plant which can be allowed to trail across the ground if you have room, but best trained to a wigwam to keep the fruit off the ground, save space and also to create an attractive feature. These melons have a fresh taste, juicy texture and high sugar content - refreshing and delicious on a hot day! Height: 30cm (12”). Spread: 4m (13’).


1 packet (4 seeds) (KA9973)

Sowing

Sow seed 2cm (3/4”) deep in 7.5cm (3”) pots of good seed compost at 21-25C (70-77F) from April to May. Place in a propagator or seal container in a polythene bag until after germination. After germination, maintain a minimum temperature of 15C (60F) and keep the compost moist but not wet. When melon plants are well grown, transplant them at a spacing of 2 plants per growbag or 1m (3’) apart under frost free glass, or into frames or cloches outdoors. Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for a few days before planting out individually to grow up a wigwam structure, or 1.5m (5ft) apart each way in well-prepared soil after all risk of frost has passed.

For optimum performance, sow under glass, but seeds can also be sown directly outdoors once the soil has warmed.Do not sow in cold soils. Direct sow 2 seeds every 1.5m (5’) in late May. When germinated, thin out to the best seedling. Ideally grow under cloches until plants are established.

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Melon plants can be trained upwards on strings or wires, or allowed to spread flat on the ground. Pinch out the growing point after 5 leaves have formed to encourage lateral shoots to develop. Select 4 vigorous laterals and train these to 6 leaf stage, before pinching out each growing tip. Remove any other laterals. Fruiting sub laterals will then form on each stem.

Water melons regularly, particularly as the flowers develop, and provide a liquid feed every 10-14 days. Shade plants from strong direct sunlight. As the flowers develop, select 4 or 5 female flowers on each plant and hand pollinate them by placing a male flower inside each female bloom. Female melon flowers are identified by a swollen part at the base of the bloom. Once fruit has set remove any further flowers to allow the fruits to develop. Harvest melons when they begin to produce their characteristic sweet smell and the fruits start to crack near to the stem.

Delivery

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.90.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £4.95.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £6.90 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

Thompson & Morgan strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. Sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this, so regretfully we are unable to ship live plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3

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