Moon & Stars (Yellow) Watermelon

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Introduced by Southern Exposure Seed Exchange in 1987. Foliage and fruits are spotted with yellow, just like the original Van Doren strain, but flesh is yellow and seeds are white. Sweet fruits up to 24″ long and 16 pounds in weight. Shows some tolerance to disease and drought. 95 days.

Plant 6-8 seeds on a 12″ diameter hill, 1/2″ deep, thin to 3-4 plants in full sun.

Sow seeds outdoors in 12″ diameter hills after danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Space hills 6′ apart in all directions. Seeds will germinate in 4-10 days. Can also be started indoors 2-3 weeks before last frost.

EACH PACKET CONTAINS 25 SEEDS

 

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Oh So Sweet Watermelon

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Delicious watermelon that definitely lives up to its name. Originally from Virdie Smith of Gladewater, Texas. Productive plants bear many medium round striped fruits with high sugar content. A favorite of SSE staff. 90 days.

Plant 6-8 seeds on a 12″ diameter hill, 1/2″ deep, thin to 3-4 plants in full sun.

Sow seeds outdoors in 12″ diameter hills after danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Space hills 6′ apart in all directions. Seeds will germinate in 4-10 days. Can also be started indoors 2-3 weeks before last frost.

EACH PACKET CONTAINS 25 SEEDS

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Petite Yellow Watermelon

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A deliciously sweet and refreshing small “icebox” watermelon. Ideal for small families—and small refrigerators. Early maturity, adapted to shortseason areas. Excellent market variety. 65-80 days.

Plant 6-8 seeds on a 12″ diameter hill, 1/2″ deep, thin to 3-4 plants in full sun.

Sow seeds outdoors in 12″ diameter hills after danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Space hills 6′ apart in all directions. Seeds will germinate in 4-10 days. Can also be started indoors 2-3 weeks before last frost.

EACH PACKET CONTAINS 25 SEEDS

 

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Sweet Siberian Watermelon

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A Siberian heirloom imported in 1901. J.C. Robinson Seed Co. listed it in The Cucurbits Illustrated (1937). Obtained from the USDA by SSE member Glenn Drowns; reintroduced in 1987 by his Sand Hill Preservation Center in Calamus, Iowa. Green oblong watermelons weigh about 10 pounds. Flesh is very sweet, juicy, and apricot – colored. 80-85 days.

Plant 6-8 seeds on a 12″ diameter hill, 1/2″ deep, thin to 3-4 plants in full sun.

Sow seeds outdoors in 12″ diameter hills after danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Space hills 6′ apart in all directions. Seeds will germinate in 4-10 days. Can also be started indoors 2-3 weeks before last frost.

EACH PACKET CONTAINS 25 SEEDS

 

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Picnic Watermelon

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A midseason variety bred by Asgrow Seed Company and introduced in 1972. Peacock-type with uniform mildly sweet pink flesh and hard rind. Resistant to fusarium wilt. Well suited for shipping. 95 days.

Plant 6-8 seeds on a 12″ diameter hill, 1/2″ deep, thin to 3-4 plants in full sun.

Sow seeds outdoors in 12″ diameter hills after danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Space hills 8′ apart in all directions. Seeds will germinate in 4-10 days. Can also be started indoors 4 weeks before transplanting out. Watermelons love heat and prefer sandy or light-textured soils.

EACH PACKET CONTAINS 25 SEEDS

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Moon & Stars (Van Doren) Watermelon

 

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Created a sensation when Seed Savers Exchange disseminated this legendary long-lost variety. Kent Whealy searched for years before rediscovering it on Merle Van Doren’s farm near Macon, Missouri. The 15″ dark green oval fruits are covered with pea-sized bright yellow “stars” and usually one larger “moon.” Foliage is also spotted. The fruits have sweet pink flesh and brown seeds. 88–90 days.

Plant 6-8 seeds on a 12″ diameter hill, 1/2″ deep, thin to 3-4 plants in full sun.

Melons love heat. Sow seeds outdoors in 12″ diameter hills after danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Space hills 6′ apart in all directions. Seeds will germinate in 4-10 days. Can also be started indoors 2-3 weeks before last frost.

EACH PACKET CONTAINS 25 SEEDS

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Moon & Stars (Cherokee) Watermelon

 

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A moon- and star-studded strain of the classic Moon and Stars watermelon. Eye-popping and scrumptious. Fruits are about 2′ long and weigh 10-16 pounds. Bright pink sweet flesh, black seeds. Keep plants continuously well watered to achieve uniform elongated fruits. 95 days.

Plant 6-8 seeds on a 12″ diameter hill, 1″ deep, thin to 3-4 plants in full sun.

Sow seeds outdoors in 12″ diameter hills after danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Space hills 6′ apart in all directions. Seeds will germinate in 4-10 days. Can also be started indoors 2-3 weeks before last frost.

EACH PACKET CONTAINS 25 SEEDS

 

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Chelsea Watermelon

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In the early 1900s Chelsea, Iowa was famous for melons grown on the sandy hills north of town. Farmers would fill their horse-drawn “triple box” wagons in the field, haul them to town, and sell the melons right from the wagons. Today SSE member Marvin Kucera is the only person growing this watermelon in Chelsea. Sweet, pink-fleshed, 15-20 pound fruits with white seeds will keep for several weeks once picked. 90-100 days.

Plant 6-8 seeds on a 12″ diameter hill, 1″ deep, thin to 3-4 plants in full sun.

Melons love heat. Sow seeds outdoors in 12″ diameter hills after danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Space hills 6′ apart in all directions. Seeds will germinate in 4-10 days. Can also be started indoors 2-3 weeks before last frost.

EACH PACKET CONTAINS 25 SEEDS

 

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Blacktail Mountain Watermelon

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Bred by SSE member Glenn Drowns in the 1970s when he lived in northern Idaho, where summer nights average 43°F. Gorgeous green-black round fruits weigh 6-12 pounds. Deep scarlet flesh is super sweet, juicy, and crunchy. Perfect for short season areas; also does well in hot humid climates. 65-75 days.

Plant 6-8 seeds on a 12″ diameter hill, 1/2″ deep, thin to 3-4 plants in full sun.

Melons love heat. Sow seeds outdoors in 12″ diameter hills after danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Space hills 6′ apart in all directions. Seeds will germinate in 4-10 days. Can also be started indoors 2-3 weeks before last frost.

EACH PACKET CONTAINS 25 SEEDS

 


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