Blacktail Mountain

344 – Blacktail Mountain

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Certified Biodynamic and Organic

Remarkably early, round 6-10 lb fruits with sweet red flesh. These high quality watermelons are a compact type easily fitting in an ice box (like sugar baby). Developed in Idaho mountains for short season areas by plant breeder/preservationist Glenn Drowns. Has at least a couple of weeks storage possibility after harvest.

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Product Description

DAYS TO HARVEST

75 from transplant

SOWING

If transplanting (recommended) sow 2-3 weeks before the last frost date about 5 inches apart in a tray or in individual 4-inch pots. Sow two seeds per hole, and select the stronger seedling to transplant. Watermelons like rich soil. As the seeds are germinating, keep them very warm (75F-80F) and avoid over watering! Cool soil or too much water can cause the seeds to rot rather than sprout! Once they have germinated, they will be thirsty and like plenty of water (but without getting waterlogged.) transplant then they have their first true leaves. Cover immediately (after transplanting and watering in) with row cover for extra warmth and to prevent insect damage. Uncover as soon as flower buds appear to allow pollination.

LIGHT PREFERENCE
full sun

SOIL REQUIREMENTS

Watermelons like rich, warm, moist but well-draining soil. Sandy and stony soil seem to be good (stones actually help to raise soils temperature!) as long as you put in plenty of compost and make sure to water them regularly, especially as they start blooming and setting fruit.

PLANT HEIGHT

N/A

PLANT SPACING

4 ft in the row, rows 3 ft apart.

HARDINESS ZONES

Not cold hardy.

HARVEST

When two curling tendrils from the melon towards the roots have turned brown, the watermelon should be ripe.

USES & COOKING SUGGESTIONS

Eat and enjoy!

Additional Information

Size

S ~20 Seeds, LG ~80 Seeds

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