Watermelon Crimson Sweet Organic HEIRLOOM Seeds

Watermelon Crimson Sweet Organic HEIRLOOM Seeds

Citrullus lanatus

Item #3051

85 days. Watermelon - the word brings to mind the long, lazy days of summer, picnics, and barbecues. Biting into a fresh, crisp, sweet watermelon dripping with juice is one of the pleasures highly anticipated in the cold days of winter. Crimson Sweet is a high?quality old standard of home gardens, weighing about 20-25 pounds with bright crimson flesh. With just a little care, it can be easily grown in northern climates; see inside of packet for details. Resistant to fusarium wilt and anthracnose.

This packet sows 11 mounds.

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Days to Emerge:
5-10 days

Seed Depth:

Seed Spacing:
3 seeds per mound

Mound Spacing:
4'-6' apart

When 4" vines thin to 1 plant per mound

When to sow outside: Recommended only for USDA zone 8 or warmer: 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost, and when temperature is at least 60°F.

When to start inside: Recommended for USDA zones 7 or colder: 4 to 6 weeks before average last frost.

Harvesting: It can be tricky to know exactly when a watermelon is ripe and ready to pick. First, know the number of "days to harvest" and begin checking fruits as harvest date draws closer. Signs to look for are: (1) the bottom of the melon (where it lies on the soil) turns from light green to a yellowish color; (2) the surface color of the fruit turns dull; (3) the skin becomes resistant to penetration by the thumbnail and is rough to the touch; and (4) light green, curly tendrils on the stem near the point of attachment of the melon start to yellow and turn brown. All of these indicators may not necessarily occur at the same time.

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