80+ days depending on variety and growing conditions of soil, water, light, and temperature.
Several melons per vine depending on growing conditions.
Recommended planting for a family of five
40 feet of row or 20 plants
Count the days from when the plants or seeds were planted. Plan on 80+ days, depending on variety and growing conditions.
The curly tendril immediately opposite where the melon is attached to the vine will be brown and withered when the melon is ripe. The part of the melon resting on the soil changes from white to yellow. Pick melons as they ripen.
The "tone" of the watermelon indicates ripeness. Lift the melon carefully and slap with a cupped hand. If the tone is high-pitched, the watermelon is not yet ripe. If it is low- pitched, it is too ripe. A medium-pitched tone indicates a ripe watermelon. Experience will teach the proper tones.
Storage and Preservation Methods
Can be stored fresh for a short time in a cool location. Rinds may be pickled or stored as preserves.