I live in NJ which isn't a great place to grow watermelon. Last year I grew three plants in one hill, and yielded three small but delicious watermelons.
This year I decided to do three hills, and have 9 plants. The hills are maybe 3 feet apart, and the total area isn't that big. It's a backyard garden.
Now, all 9 plants have tons of male flowers and some are starting to get females. But the vines are going all over each other. Some are smaller and more contained, some are roaming all over (I can definitely see the 3-4 dominant ones).
My question is, should I sacrifice maybe 3 of the smaller 9 plants? They are all so healthy looking, so I hate to do it, but I want watermelons not just pretty flowering vines.