Watermelon is a commercially grown crop. It is known as Watermelons, and the botanical name is Citrullus lanatus. It is one of the crops that come from the Cucurbitaceae family, the other crops that come from the watermelon, are cucumber, pumpkin (pumpkin), musk melon, squash etc. It is believed that the origin of watermelon is in the Kalari Desert where it became very popular because it was used to paralyze the throat or thirst of people living in the Kalahari Desert. An estimated 90 percent of the melon is water, which is why it is called watermelon. Even here in Tanzania Tickets water is a good market for many consumers who use it to quench their thirst. Ticket sellers in various markets say ticket sales are very good during the dry season and in the winter the business is slow. Such information is very good for the entrepreneur-focused farmer.
The following are the Criteria to consider when searching for a watermelon / watering hole.
- Soil Type
Watermelon can be cultivated in many types of Soils, but it performs well in fine sand, fine and sandy soils. Soil type will affect the production of melons depending on the weather. For example, when you plant watermelons in the soil of the soil when there is too much rain, the melon plants will not thrive, because the soil of the compost will stop the water because of the rain and the plants will die. As you grow watermelons in sandy soils, there is not enough water and the plants will die of dehydration. Also remember that the sandy soil loses water quickly, so when you plow on that soil make sure you have enough water and regular watering.
Another factor that a farmer should consider when looking for a watermelon planting site is soil that is able to provide water, ie soil that does not water. You can build drainage systems that will help remove excess water from the field.
- Land Slope (Topography)
It is when the field grows steeply on one side and there is a slope or you can call it slope. A field with a slope or slope is very easy to get caught in the erosion that will damage your plants. Make sure when choosing a field, then you avoid areas of that style.
In any crop planting sunlight is very important because it helps in the production of plant food (photosynthesis). In the case of watermelons, sunlight has a significant effect on the yield, either decreasing or increasing. Ticket plant requires at least 6 hours of sunlight. This is very helpful in the manufacture of sugar on melons. Also sunlight helps healthy growth of the melon plant. So for good growth, when selecting a melting pot area choose the area where the Plants will receive direct sunlight for at least 6 to 8 hours a day. This means that the area should be away from large stands or trees that can bring shade to the field.