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AAS (All-America Selections) Winners

AAS (All-America Selections) Winners

We carry dozens of All-America Selections winners, including seven Johnny's-bred varieties -- Jasper Cherry Tomato; Baby Bear Pumpkin; Bright Lights Swiss Chard; Diva Cucumber; Sunshine Kabocha Squash; Bonbon Buttercup Squash; and Carmen Pepper. Read about Johnny's Plant Breeding Program (article by Rob Johnston Jr., Johnny's founder and chairman).

All-America Selections is an independent, nonprofit organization that trials new varieties alongside two or three similar varieties currently on the market, then introduces only the best garden performers as AAS Winners. Submitted vegetable and flower varieties are tested by a geographically divergent network of independent judges to determine whether their garden performance is truly superior, with winners chosen on the basis of scores received from judges at 34 sites in the U.S. and Canada. Johnny's is proud to be an official trial ground site for AAS. (To learn more, visit the All-America Selections website.)

Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon(F1) Watermelon Seed


Product ID: 3856

Seedless Moon and Stars-type watermelon.

A delicious twist on the old favorite, dark green rind with characteristic markings of small yellow "stars" and larger yellow "moons." Crisp, sweet red flesh is seedless with good flavor. Earlier to ripen with shorter vines and a higher yield of smaller melons than heirloom Moon and Stars. Medium-sized, 8-13 lb., oval melons. Avg. 2-3 fruits per plant. Seeds of Ace pollinator and complete growing instructions are included with each order. Avg. 6,700 seeds/lb. Packet: 15 seeds.

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Days to Maturity or Bloom:   85


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Please Note: Seedless watermelons are less vigorous than normal watermelons. They require starting indoors under specific temperature and moisture ranges to ensure proper germination. They require a pollinator watermelon (seeds are included with each order) in order to set fruits. Complete growing instructions are also included with each order.

Growing Information


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 unless the soil is very dry and leaves begin to show signs of wilting in midday.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Protect against cucumber beetles with floating row covers applied at transplanting, or control with pyrethrin or azadarachtin.
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.
1 oz./340', 1,000 seeds/500', 3 oz./1,000', 1? 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.

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