Everyone loves to eat watermelon in the summer, but its round, oblong shape makes it hard to carry, hard to slice, and hard to store but now there’s a solution the square watermelon. Developed by a farmer in Japan almost twenty years ago, the square watermelon can now be purchased throughout Japan.
Still, most of the people in the world have never seen or eaten a square watermelon. In Japan, they are only purchased by the wealthy.
A square watermelon is actually cube-shaped. It grows to look like a cube because the watermelon is grown in a box. In Japan, the square watermelon is grown in a glass box so that its progress can be easily viewed. The watermelons have to be hand-picked at harvest time, and then they are shipped around the country. You may even find a few that have been exported to the United States. Shipping a square watermelon is much easier than shipping a round one. They stack nicely on top of one another.
Even in Japan these unique watermelons are not available everywhere. They can only be found in a few department stores and in upscale supermarkets. Most of the country’s harvest is sold in two major Japanese cities, Osaka and Tokyo.
You can, of course, grow your own square watermelon for much less money than it would cost to buy one. People have experimented with all types of containers from cardboard boxes to wooden boxes to plastic boxes. There is even a company in Michigan that manufactures and sells square watermelon cases. These are completely unbreakable as they are made of polycarbonate, and said to be thirty times stronger than glass. They are eight inches square and one costs just a little more than a square watermelon costs in Japan.
If you decide to try growing your own square watermelon, there are a few of things to consider. One is that a growing watermelon can put tremendous pressure on the box you are growing it in. They do not have a seed that will grow a square watermelon. That means you essentially have a round watermelon that is going to take on the shape of its square container. That means there is going to be quite a lot of pressure on the box before the square watermelon has finished growing. Several health benefits of various watermelon are to be checked to keep body in proper shape.
Another potential problem with building a watermelon growing box is that you will need to allow for some type of drainage. A box with a watermelon in it, sitting outside in a heavy rain, is going to collect some water inside. If that water is left in the box to evaporate on its own, your watermelon is going to rot. So, drainage needs to be a priority. Pests can cause another potential problem. Because the square watermelon growing box only has a hole on top for the watermelon stem, it is possible for insects to enter the box and then not find a way out as quickly as you might like. Boxes which have other openings that allow you to access the plant might be an advantage.
If you find this square watermelon idea fascinating and want to give it a try, all you need to do is a little research and then start building your box. If you do successfully grow a square watermelon, be sure to take a few photos and put them on the internet for everyone to see.