WATERMELON Crimson Sweet - 10 HEIRLOOM Seeds
Watermelon Crimson Sweet has a tough medium green rind with dark-green stripes. Its fruit is nearly round, averaging 25 to 30 cm in diameter with an average weight of 11kg.
Its flesh is bright, deep-red with high sugar content and relatively few small dark brown mottled seeds. This variety is resistant to FW1, FW2, AN1 & AN3 viruses, and it matures in 80 to 95 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, the 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 of 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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