Watermelon Irrigation Farming In Kenya

Watermelon irrigation farming in Kenya is by every commercial farmer. Grekkon Limited offers solutions on how to irrigate watermelon in Kenya. This is because watermelons grow in the dry low altitude plains which are not rainfall-dependent. Grekkon Limited has introduced drip irrigation kits for watermelon irrigation farming in Kenya for small and medium-sized farmers. Drip irrigation is the most economical way to irrigate watermelons and prevents powdery mildew disease on the leaves. Sprinkler irrigation causes powdery mildew It conserves 40% more water compared to rain gun sprinklers or rain hose irrigation kits. The frequency of irrigation and water supplied depends on the prevailing weather condition. Irrigation begins before seed sowing to allow the soil sufficient moisture for seed germination. The amount of irrigation water depends on the growth stage of the plant. Before fruiting, there is heavy irrigation. After fruiting, irrigate according to the prevailing weather t0 avoid fruit burst.

1. Watermelon Irrigation Scheduling

Water your watermelons early in the morning. This prevents root fungal infections that develop when soils are cold as a result of night watering. Irrigation scheduling saves water and time by applying the exact amount of water.

2. Watermelon Irrigation Requirements

From germination to the onset of fruiting, watermelons need 65 liters of water per week. Irrigate for 30 minutes with a drip system so that the water goes 6 inches deep. Watermelon roots go to this depth.

3. Under-watered Watermelon

Under-watered watermelons have a small fruit size. This is because they have few leaves to make food and weak stems.

 

Watermelon Irrigation Farming in Kenya FAQs

i. How much water does watermelon need?

65 liters per week till the onset of fruiting. After fruiting, irrigate as the weather dictates.

ii. Can you over-water watermelon plants?

Yes. This is common after fruiting when farmers give excess water and the fruits crack.

iii. What is the cost of watermelon irrigation in Kenya?

The price is from Kes 85,000 per acre for drip irrigation. Kes 65,000 for rain gun or rain hose irrigation systems.

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Established in 2017, Grekkon Limited is a Kenyan agribusiness company. It specialises in the provision of; - Irrigation systems - Greenhouse construction - Dam liners installation - Water pumps - Solar dryers construction - Agriculture nets - Borehole drilling The company has operations offices in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Nyeri, Meru, and Nyahururu

Comments (12)

  • How much will it cost me for a 6 acre watermelon farm in Migori?

    Fred Otieno
    Reply
    • Dear Fred,

      This is from Kes 510,000. For a detailed quote, share your number for our Kisumu office to reach you, or call us there on 0759 000 911, or visit us at Ojenge Plaza, along Kakamega road, just after the Kondele overpass.

      Best regards,

      Customer Service

      Reply
    • Good articles for new farmers like us

      Betty Mwasaru
      Reply
      • Dear Betty,

        Thank you!

        Best regards,

        Customer Service

        Reply
  • I want to know the cost of drip irrifation for 1 acra and the spacing

    Luka Bargorett
    Reply
    • Dear Luka,

      For which crop?

      Best regards,

      Customer Service

      Reply
  • I want to know the spacing between rows rows and between plants when using 30cm driplines for watermelon

    Steve omondi
    Reply
  • Need quote for 2acres makueni

    Muema Alexander
    Reply
    • Dear Muema,

      This is noted. For a detailed quote, we’ll need to make a site visit, or alternatively, you share with us a detailed sketch of the farm.

      Best regards,

      Customer Service

      Reply
  • 65 liters per what size of land?

    Eli
    Reply
  • Is the 65 litres per week per plant?

    Eric
    Reply
    • Dear Eric,

      Yes it is.

      Best regards,
      Customer Service

      Reply

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