Watermelon, Congo (Citrullus lanatus) - 25 Seeds

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Congo Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) - 25 Seeds

•Open Pollinated
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zone 3-12

Congo watermelons are the perfect addition to your home garden this season. Not only are they big, but their tests have also shown them to have some of the highest sugar contents out there at 9.5%. Plus with a thick rind, you can trust that these melons will make it through shipping no problem. With a firm medium-red interior, your family will be happily snacking after 95 days of growth. And you don't have to worry about resistance either—Congo watermelons have proven themselves resistant to AN1, AN2 and AN3.

Growing Instructions:
In cool climates, watermelon seeds should be started indoors, but no sooner than a month before transplanting. Plant 3 seeds per pot, 1/4" deep. Provide heat to keep the soil at least 80-85°. Cut off all but the strongest seedling as soon as true leaves appear and transplant about a week after the last spring frost. Make hills about 6-8' apart and put 2-3 plants in each hill. In warm climates, direct sow the seeds once the soil temp reaches 75° planting 6 seeds per hill with 6-8' space in all directions. Thin to the strongest 2-3 plants as soon as the seedlings appear. Watermelon should be planted in full sun and rich, loose soil. Young seedlings may benefit from black plastic to warm up the soil. As soon as the vines develop, add a layer of mulch to conserve water, control weeds, and protect the melons from soil contact.