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Citrullus lanatus

Originally from Africa. Most popular sweet summer vine fruit. Keep well watered. Likes full sun. Fruit is ripe when the stem starts to brown off.

An excellent variety for gardeners and growers alike, with vibrant red, firm, fine-textured flesh and silver and dark green striping. Resistant to Fusarium wilt and anthracnose.

Watermelons (Citrullus lanatus) are warm season tender annuals in the Cucurbitaceae family, which includes cucumbers, summer squash and winter squash, and gourds

Sandy or light textured soils that warm easily in the spring are desirable. Melons are heavy feeders. Give 80-120 lbs of N per acre. Calcium deficiency can lead to blossom end rot, especially when adequate moisture is not available.  Use dolomitic limestone.

Ripeness is determined by four methods: when the tendril nearest the fruit is dried and brown; when the ground spot has turned from white to yellow; when the blossom end of fruit becomes soft; and the ubiquitous “thump test”— fruit should sound hollow. Cut fruit cleanly from the vine to avoid stem-end rot.  

Store at 45°F and 85% humidity for up to 3 weeks.

Bury or compost plant residues at the end of the season.

Grown using organic heirloom open pollinated seed, no sprays, no chemicals in organic nutrient rich soil with gypsum, volcanic rock, minerals and compost in trays. No blood and bone no fish.