Round fruits, 6-8" in diameter, averaging 8-10 lb. Ripe melons are almost black. Good flavor. Tough rinds resist cracking. The standard of "icebox" melons for many years. Avg. 1-2 fruits/plant. Avg. 10,650 seeds/lb. Packet: 30 seeds.
Latin Name: Citrullus lanatus var. lanatus
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Shipping Information & Notes
CULTURE: Follow instructions under "Melons". 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. AVG. DIRECT SEEDING RATE: 340'/oz., 500'/1,000 seeds, 3 oz./1,000', 11/3 lb./acre at 3 seeds every 18", in rows 6' apart. TRANSPLANTS: Avg. 550 plants /oz. SEED SPECS: SEEDS/LB.: 10,000-14,000 (avg. 11,000). PACKET: See individual varieties.