Watermelon, Crimson Sweet (Citrullus lanatus) - 25 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zone 3-12
This open-pollinated watermelon is one of the most popular for home gardeners and for good reason. It's simply delicious, one of the most disease resistant watermelon varieties, and is easy to grow. What else could you want in a watermelon? The large, round melons will have light-green with dark-green stripes, and golden-yellow rinds and grow to about 25 pounds in 80 days. If you're looking for a watermelon for your garden this year, this is the one!!!
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.
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