Here in zone 7A northern VA, I planted watermelon seeds on April 30 in a raised bed and in a row that I tilled. This was at the start of a very warm week. I had a number of seeds germinate, but then it cooled off, and we had about 8-9 days of nearly nonstop rain. Some of the seedlings are now putting on their true leaves after the seed leaves emerged. I’ve just planted another 8 seeds or so.
As well, my son noticed three watermelon plants emerging on the lawn right off the back deck–right where we were spitting OrangeGlo seeds this past September. I’m going to nurse them to see if they’ll produce.
I’m looking for a 30-watermelon summer!