Can I start my Bradford Watermelon in pots?
We don’t plant them in pots to start with. That doesn’t mean that you can’t do it. When Nat was at Kennett Square for his internship in ’98, he started his in a greenhouse because of the shorter season. He had no problem getting them to germinate. However, remember they prefer mid 80s as an ambient temperature, and the soil needs to be warm too.
It’s also very easy to overwater seeds. They only need to be moistened. If it’s staying too wet, and the soil is too cool, they will rot.
Nat’s suggestion would be to soak the seeds overnight in water. Fill the pots with soil the day before and water them until they are thoroughly saturated. Let the pots drain completely after watering. Then add the pre-moistened seeds to the pots. Lightly water them at the time of planting. Then wait to water them again until they germinate. As long as the soil does not dry out completely, they won’t need watering until they are actively growing.