DAYS TO HARVEST
90 from transplant
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.
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.
4 ft in the row, rows 3 ft apart.
Not cold hardy.
When two curling tendrils from the melon towards the roots have turned brown, the watermelon should be ripe.
USES & COOKING SUGGESTIONS
Eat and enjoy!
The slightly thicker white part of the rind on Ali Baba make great pickles! Use your favorite sweet pickle recipe to make delicious sweet, spicy, crunchy watermelon rind pickles.