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Watermelon Farming in Kenya

Have you ever eaten a watermelon fruit? The taste is incredible! Nothing says “December holidays” quite like a big, juicy slice of watermelon!

Kenyans love eating watermelon. They provide a good refreshing taste especially during hot days when you want to cool off. It’s because of this reason that watermelon farming in Kenya is a lucrative agribusiness venture, especially for those farming in areas with low rainfall. Watermelons require minimum water usage especially when they have developed their fruits.


Watermelons are grown from seed. Watermelon seeds germinate easily and quickly, within a few days of planting. Their plants outgrow the seedling stage very quickly and they don’t like transplanting. It won’t help you in saving much time and you end up with a weaker plant.

Watermelons require deep, rich, easily crumbled soils. Raising the soil into mounds will help your watermelon to grow well.

Making mounds has several advantages mentioned below:

  • Raising your soil will make it free draining (watermelons don’t like wet ground when developing).If your soil has heavy clay you will definitely need to raise it.
  • If your soil is poor and lacks enough nutrients you should also make a mound with a lot of compost. This will enable it to grow watermelons.
  • Making a mould would enable you to plant watermelons over large area. Raise your soil and plant like the large scale commercial growers.
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Popular Varieties in Kenya include;

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


The new hybrid varieties of watermelon can give you a yield of up to 20,000 fruits per acre.


After harvesting watermelons, you can supply them to schools, supermarkets, private orders, Kiosks, Institutions or post them to online shops for sale.


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  • Joseph Boit

    Joseph is the founder of Graduate Farmer, a Kenyan online platform that provides resources and tools to help farmers improve their agricultural practices and increase their productivity. Joseph is a passionate follower of Christ and farmer who loves to use technology to make a positive impact on people's lives.

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  1. Hi, please help me find land to farm watermelons in Embu in need of 1acre for leasing with water sources a youth aspiring to get into agribusiness.

  2. hi i own a piece of land in kisanju.can melon grow there. can it do well in gatundu south? i will appreciate your support

    1. Hey. Melons do well in dry weather. They need a lot of water when still young and minimum watee when mature… Test your soil first to know which variety is best for you

  3. hallo, i want to start watermelon farming but in laikipia county a dry part of the county,would you please provide more guidelines on how to grow the fruit,is there need to use fertilizer,is can it work on irrigation e.t.c…generally i need guidelines so that i can prepare myself.

  4. I have the land but not sure the amount of capital required to plant one acre of watermelons, can I please get your help?

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