Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Best Selection of Watermelon Plants In the Area

We have the best selection of watermelon plants in the area. This year I gathered up seed samples of all the different watermelons I have tried over the years and started plants for the farmers market. From hybrids to heirlooms we have plants of all kinds.

Carolina Cross - 100 days, Hybrid, over 100 lbs. Red.
Dixie Queen - 90 days, 30 lbs, Red
Allsweet - 90 days, 25 lbs, Red
Farmers Sweet - 85 days, 20 lbs, Red
Congo - 90 days, 30 lbs, Red
Bush Sugar Baby - 75 days, 8 lbs Red
Kleckley's Sweet - 85 days, 35 lbs, Red
Moon and Stars - 100 days, 25 lbs, Red
Yellow Doll - 75 days, 8 lbs, Yellow
Yellow Lady - 75 days, 10 lbs, Yellow

We will be bringing these to market in the fall as finished melons. Watermelon is one of our favorites.

Our teens can't wait.

Plant at the same level as the seedling was grown at. Fertilize lightly around the base of the plant with fish emulsion. If you can get some well finished compost put a 2-3 inch layer about a foot wide around the base of the plant. If it is a wet year plant into a 2-3 inch elevated hill. If it is a dry year create a slight depression for the plant to collect the precious rain fall. Watermelon would like 1 inch of water a week up until about two weeks before harvest, then back off. Fertilize every 2-3 weeks with fish emulsion. Keep well weeded until the plants shade the ground and can out compete the weeds.

The melons are ripe when the spot that touches the ground turns a light yellow and the tendril next to the stem where the watermelon attaches turns brown and dries up. Typically the watermelon have a deep resonant sound when thumped when ripe. But the tendril is a more reliable indicator, at least for the grower.

I pick all of our melons at the peak of ripeness. Melons will keep 4 weeks or more from the time of harvest.

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