Citrullus lanatus (85 days) Open-pollinated. Though it loves warm locales, Sunsweet is adapted almost anywhere. Our melon trialers in central Maine have harvested two 20 lb fruits per plant. One of the more satisfying melons in this year’s trials, with reports that it outproduces hybrid Sweet Favorite and is earlier and bigger than hybrid Sangria. Skin dark green with broken light green stripes. We recommend this large oval watermelon for glorious red sweet juicy delectable treats. When the PVP ran out and our supplier dropped it, we were caught unaware with no seed set aside. We put the word out to our customers and Long Days Farm came to the rescue with enough seed to get us going again! The careful craft of our grower extraordinaire at Red Fern completed the cycle of growing more seed. Resistant to ANTH and F. ①
1046 Sunsweet - Sustainably Grown
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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
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.