Citrullus lanatus (85 days) Open-pollinated. Sweet (tested 9.7% sugars at WSU trials) with some substance. Ripens 9–12 lb fruits with dark green skin splotched with lime-green sponge prints. Even more attractive on the inside where the dense pink flesh is almost seedless! Caution: Requires a sharp knife, strong wrist and sure stroke to cut open its skin. Resists ANTH1. We cannot ship to South Carolina. PVP. ⑥
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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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