Citrullus lanatus (75 days) F-1 hybrid. At the end of CR’s Common Ground Exhibition Hall table talk one Sunday we tasted Peace alongside the old standard Seminis-Monsanto’s Yellow Doll. Although the informal vote afterwards was split, Peace compared favorably in flavor, texture and sweetness enhanced with a floral aftertone that added some complexity. Its yellow flesh has that kind of drizzle-down-your chin juiciness that thoroughly satisfies on a hot late-summer day. Good production of fruits averaging 8 lbs and adorned with light green skin punctuated with narrow dark green stripes. ③
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1 gram packet about 20 seeds, sows 7 hills; 1⁄16 oz packet contains about 40 seeds, sows 14 hills. 1 oz contains about 670 seeds.
Culture: Harvesting watermelon at proper ripeness is an art. Thumping should produce a low, hollow sound. Spread thumb and forefinger and press hard on fruit. If you feel any give, watermelon is ripe. Don’t heed the traditional advice to wait for the closest tendril to brown—that may be too late. Minimum germination temperature 60°, optimal range 75–95°.
Diseases: ANTH: Anthracnose, F: Fusarium
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