Botanical Name: Citrullus lanatus
The best large-fruited watermelon for your garden; it will supply you with large oblong fruit in excess of 12kg. The flesh is deep red encased in a light green skin. Very refreshing on a summers day. Watermelons require a hot sunny position and plenty of moisture.
|How To Grow
Sow 12mm (half-inch) deep, direct in final position. Sow 4 or 5 seeds in clumps, later thinning to the strongest two seedlings. Allow 100cm (3ft) between rows and 40-50cm (16-20in) between clumps. When the young plants have 5 or 6 leaves pinch out their growing tips to encourage the growth of side shoots. Keep the plants well watered, and prepare the soil with organic material and a complete fertiliser.
|When To Plant
Spring and Summer.
|12-14 weeks from sowing.
|These seeds may be treated with a fungicide (Thiram or Apron XL), do not eat the seeds or feed them to animals. Fungicide treatment is an AQIS requirement for certain varieties of seeds. It does not affect your crops or harm insects such as bees. If your packet has been treated it will be well marked with a warning and the seeds will be dyed a distinct colour.
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