WATERMELON Charleston Grey - 10 HEIRLOOM Seeds
Watermelon Charleston Grey is an oblong fruit average 55 to 66 cm long x 25 cm in diameter with a tough medium-thick grey-green rind with fine darker-green veins. Mature watermelons weigh from 11 to 15 kgs. This variety has bright red fibreless flesh and it is resistant to FW & AN1. The fruit matures in 85 to 100 days.
Care & Growing Info
Watermelons are warm-season annual vines and need a long warm season to mature. Watermelon needs plenty of room to grow as it sends out long vines
Start them early, if you can. In temperate areas sow October - November, after all danger of frost; subtropical areas sow September - November; in tropical areas sow April - July, during the dry season. Sow directly where it is to grow 10 - 20mm deep, or start early in individual seedling pots, in cool areas bottom heat will be required. Seed germinates best at a soil temperature of 21 - 35° C. Seed will germinate in 7 - 14 days. Soil should be fertile, well-drained, with a pH 6 - 6.5.
Prepare your soil with compost and well-rotted manure; deep digging is beneficial. The soil needs to be well-drained.
Space rows 1.5 m apart with 1m between plants on raised mounds. Avoid over-watering once the fruit is nearly ripe as this will make for a bland flavoured watermelon (also too much rain).
Slide a flat piece of wood underneath ripening fruit on the ground to avoid rotting from contact with wet soil. Harvest when the melon slips easily from the stem.
Harvest in 10-16 weeks. Compatible with (can grow beside) Sweetcorn, Sunflowers. And avoid growing close to Potatoes.
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