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Sweet Favorite

(F1) Watermelon Seed

Product ID: 477

Best oblong watermelon for northern, cool areas.

Bright green rind with darker stripes. Avg. 10-12 lb. in New England, larger farther south. Ripens much earlier than others of the oval-oblong, striped type and yields well. Bright red, sweet flesh. Intermediate resistance to anthracnose and fusarium wilt. Avg. 1-2 fruits/plant. AAS winner. Avg. 10,600 seeds/lb. Packet: 15 seeds.

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Packet

$5.30
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1/8 Ounce

$17.35
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1/4 Ounce

$29.15
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1/2 Ounce

$53.30
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1 Ounce

$96.10
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1/4 Pound

$269.00
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CULTURE: A light, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.5–7.5 and a southern exposure is ideal. Good soil moisture is important in early stages of growth and during pollination when fruits are setting. After this point do not water the last week before fruits are ripe, as overwatering can cause bland fruit.
TRANSPLANTING:
Sow indoors in 50 cell plug trays or 2–3" peat pots in late April or one month (no sooner!) before transplanting outdoors. Plant 2 seeds per cell or pot, about ½–1" deep. Keep temperature 80–90°F (27–32°C) until germination. Handle young plants carefully and never let the soil dry out. Grow seedlings at 75°F (24°C). Reduce water and temperature for a week to harden seedlings. When the weather is frost-free, warm, and settled, transplant 2–3' apart in rows 6–8' apart or thin to 1 plant/pot or cell with scissors and transplant 18" apart. Even hardened watermelon seedlings are tender! Do not disturb roots when transplanting, and water thoroughly.
DIRECT SEEDING:
Sow 1–2 weeks after last frost when soil is warm, above 70°F (21°C), 3 seeds every 18–36", ½–1" deep, thinning to 1 plant/spot.
ROW COVERS:
Since watermelons like consistently warm conditions, plastic mulch and row covers will make for earlier crops and better yields, especially in the North. Remove covers when plants have female flowers (tiny fruit at base of blossom).
DISEASES:
Choose varieties resistant to diseases in your area. "Sudden wilt" is a complex disease and cold weather stress syndrome in late summer when plants have a heavy set of ripening watermelons, can cause plants to wilt almost overnight. Keep plants healthy with good fertility and irrigation to avoid sudden wilt.
INSECT PESTS:
Protect against cucumber beetles with floating row covers applied at transplanting, or control with pyrethrin or azadarachtin.
RIPENESS:
There are 3 ways to tell when a watermelon is ripe: 1) the tendril nearest the point on the vine where fruit stem attaches is browning/dead; 2) the spot where the fruit rests on the ground is yellow; and 3) the classic mystery — you hear "punk", as opposed to "pink" or "pank", when you flick the melon with your fingers.
STORAGE: Hold at 45°F (7°C) and 85% relative humidity 2–3 weeks.
DAYS TO MATURITY: From transplanting; add about 10 days if direct-seeded.
AVG. DIRECT SEEDING RATE:
1 oz./340', 1,000 seeds/500', 3 oz./1,000', 1⅓ lb./acre at 3 seeds every 18", in rows 6' apart.
TRANSPLANTS: Avg. 550 plants/oz.
SEED SPECS: SEEDS/LB.: Avg. 9,700.
PACKET: See individual varieties.

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Quick Facts

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Latin Name
Citrullus lanatus var. lanatus
Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date until ready for harvest.
79 Days
Life Cycle
Plants are either Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grows year after year), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Annual
Disease Resistance Codes
A
Anthracnose
F
Fusarium Wilt (Race 1)
A, F
Hybrid Status
Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits. Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.
Hybrid (F1)
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