Watermelon Farming in Kenya 2019 | Watermelon Growing

Watermelon farming in Kenya in 2018 is a very lucrative
agribusiness, Watermelons not only do well in the marginal belts with
low rainfall, you also have 2 seasons an year which can double your
earnings. The demand is also very high; no fruit stall or fruit salad is
complete without the juicy redness of a water melon.

Watermelon Farming in Kenya
Healthy watermelon plant

The popular varieties when it comes to watermelon farming in Kenya 2018 are;

  • Sukari F1 hybrid
  • Pato F1
  • Charleston Grey
  • Sugar Baby
  • Early Scarlet F1

To
start watermelon farming in Kenya, all you need is enough sunlight,
enough water, space is fertile soil. Some varieties like the sugar baby
take as little as 2 months to mature. You are therefore assured to have
your invested cash back in no time; and this is with 4 times as much
profit. For just 15,000, you can plant an acre of water melons in your
own land. This will bring a profit of about 80, 000 kenyan shillings in
just three months.

Planting Watermelons
When
it comes to watermelon farming in Kenya in 2018, you first need to
decide which variety you need to work with. While some are big and take a
longer time to mature like the Sukari F1 Hybrid, others like the
Charleston Grey are drought resistant. You do not need to prepare a
nursery because these fruits are planted straight from the seeds in
their final growing spaces.
Ensure
that the farm is well tilled and soft for soil aeration. The location
should also be able to get at least 6 hours of sunlight each day since
watermelons need much sunlight to thrive. Plant the seeds 1 meter apart
and at least 1.5 meters between the rows. Adequate rainfall or
irrigation is required for the first few weeks after planting.
If the soil is fertile enough, you do not need to use fertilizer when planting.
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Caring for your Watermelons

Once
the seedlings have spouted and grown to a couple of inches long,
consider thinning them to three seedlings a hole. This reduces the
competition for water and nutrients between the plants making the
remaining ones healthier.

Watermelons do not need much
pampering after this. All you have to do is ensure that the farm is
completely free from weeds. When the vines start spreading out you need
to apply a fertilizer with balanced potassium nitrogen and phosphorus.
Watering should be done once every week if there are no rains. After
spreading out, as long as it rains once every two weeks, you need not
water at all. The less water they get later on, the sweeter and crispier
they turn out.

Remember to protect your plants from insects and pests such as aphids and also diseases using appropriate pesticides.


Harvesting of the Watermelons

Different
varieties mature at different times. The quickest type can mature in
just 60 days while most of the other varieties take at least 80 days. To
know when they are ready, look out for the following signs:

  • The water melon have stopped being shiny
  • The coil near the stem is brown and dried up
  • There’s a hollow thud when you tap the fruit
  •  The underside of the fruit is a rich yellow color as opposed to white.
When all these signs
manifest themselves, it is time to harvest the watermelons, just  use
garden shears to cut the watermelon from the vine.

Are
you interested in watermelon farming in Kenya? Are you already ventured
in the business? Do you have more tips you’d like to share. Leave us a
comment below.

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50 thoughts on “Watermelon Farming in Kenya 2019 | Watermelon Growing

    1. Anonymous says:

      Hello am rose wanjoya are the melons still there and how much is per kilo? I need like two tonnes. 0706372316

    2. Are the melons still there? How much per kilo? I need like two tonnes or more depending with the price. 0706372317

    3. Anonymous says:

      Rose Wanjoya, are u in UG or Key? This' K. Peter in UG.

  1. I like this kind of article, it enlightens us and helps us make a rather informed decision on agribusiness. Thank you.

  2. I want to venture in this type of farming, may you please suggest for me some few farms I may go & learn more. Thank You

  3. This is nice, i really like the article and feel motivated to venture into the farming business. Thank you

    1. I'm glad you found the article helpful. All the best in your business Mercy.

  4. Anonymous says:

    A good article and a good advice. I will plant the sukari f1 and be sure you will have a taste of it.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hello this article is helpful i am planning to start farming late Dec. I am looking for sukari F1 type. Kindly notify me more on where I will get the seeds and everything that i need to make a good harvest. I will be glad.

  6. Anonymous says:

    was just asking if i plant mid january am i going to get good prices at the end of march or early april?

  7. Anonymous says:

    good article indeed.want to plant the f1 sukari late january,2016.advice on potential market after harvest

  8. What are the most suitable locations in Kenya to grow water melon. ?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Got melons at Shamba ready for harvesting (Matuu, Eastern).
    Interested buyers can reach me on romwoyo@icloud.com or 0720922921.

    1. Hi am Emmanuel i have ready watermelon i need some market lead get me via 0704059134

    2. Anonymous says:

      I also have ready water melons to sell.
      Need buyer urgently – James 0724418624

  10. Anonymous says:

    have just in this area and capsicum.this is a good site.

  11. Anonymous says:

    am sammy .i ventured in melon farming this year .they are flowering.this site shall be very resourceful.am in kakamega

  12. Can I get watermelon buyer. Have 20 tonnes

  13. What are the pricves doing now in Nairobi on Watermelons in general. Please reply asap!!

  14. I want to grow sukari F1 at keini nyeri will it b adviceable to grow in such area.

  15. I have Sukari F1 water Mellons ready to be harvested in one months time where can I get market my number is 0725319088:chalojuma2005@gmail.com

  16. Anonymous says:

    i have 50 acres under watermelon,expected harvest is approximately 7 tons per acre (julia F1 and other varieties to be ready from 28-09-2016 in Marigat Baringo County plaese contact David Nakure 0722455858

  17. Thanks for the info…. I have ready water melon in a 4acre piece of land. Ready for sell. U can reach on 0723752751.

  18. I just started water melon farming in September 2016, whats the expected tonnage per acre for sukari F1 hybrid. I have been reserching alot but i always get conflicting info. Please let me now.Thanks

  19. Amzad Tanzania says:

    Hey nice articel

  20. This article is very informative. I would be trying melons in the next month…

  21. around 6 tonnes of melons for sale in my farm …need good market..contact Baraka ..0733628090

  22. Anonymous says:

    Am Anthony and have water melon ready for harvesting in a month in mwea. If interested kindly contact me through 0729497780 or karaniel56@gmail.com

  23. Anonymous says:

    Am Victor and have water melons ready for harvesting by 10th October 2017 Maparasha-Bisil KAJIADO county .If interested kindly contact me through 0724826159 or willynkapapa1@gmail.com

  24. Anonymous says:

    Am Victor and have water melons ready for harvesting by 10th October 2017 in Maparasha-Bisil Kajiado county..If interested kindly contact me through 0724826159 OR willynkapapa1@gmail.com

  25. What is the current price of watermelon /kg ? Best buyers in kenya?

  26. Am George from Kitale. Have 2 acres Watermelon for October 2018. 0722728644

  27. Anonymous says:

    Hicolleagues I have a watermelon to be harvested in one week from now type sukari F1 any market contact me on 0729590826

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