Japanese people are growing watermelons of
different shapes. Initially they started with square or cube shaped
watermelon for a special purpose.
It’s actually pretty easy (relatively speaking) to grow a square
watermelon. Just about anyone can do it. While the watermelon is still
small on the vine, a square, tempered glass box is placed around it.
When the watermelon gets bigger, it assumes the shape of the box! You
can do this too. There are even websites dedicated
to teaching you how. Just remember to use a glass or transparent mold
so the sunlight can reach the watermelon on all sides.
And why are square watermelons grown? Two
reasons actually. First, the square watermelons are easier to stack,
which makes them easier to ship. Second, and perhaps most ingeniously,
with space being an issue in crowded areas of Japan, the square
watermelon is designed to fit perfectly inside smaller Japanese
In last few years they have also started growing face shaped, heart
shaped and pyramid shaped watermelons. Depending on the shape the
watermelon costs anywhere between $100 to $500 per piece.