Thank you very much for your detailed watermelon recommendations.
I have never grown watermelons before, and I do not have much gardening space to grow them,
at most one hundred square foot area, and your various postings have been a great help to me.in narrowing down to the two picnic sized
varieties that I should grow, AOTBE.
I have decided on the yellow watermelon variety, namely Orangeglo, based on the experiences and postings of many members.
It is the red watermelon variety that I am not so sure, in particular your description of the Georgia Rattlesnake variety, over this posting and another
in the Gardenweb.com forum, namely your " 2014 Watermelon Report/review ", in the link http://forums.gardenweb.com/discussions/1503262/2014-watermelon-report-review
All this is based on my assumption you are the same " thecityman " as well I stand corrected if that is not the case.
In the Gardenweb site you said these things about the Georgia Rattlesnake watermelon :
" I have 5 standard varieties that I grow every year and which serve as my dependable harvest melons."
" It is no accident that I am reviewing this melon right after Orangeglo. That�s because, for me, these are a very close second and may well be tied for my all-time favorite watermelon "
" From the time they first are ripe enough to pick, you can leave them on a live vine as much as 3 weeks and they will still be firm and good. Also, in my experience the G Rattlesnakes are one of the most consistently good watermelons I�ve grown "
" Out of around 20-25 Georgia Rattlesnakes I cut and tasted this year, every single one was as sweet and juicy as the others. "
" In general, I just can�t say enough good things about this melon. I have to give it a 9.5 out of 10 and I really can�t say why it isn�t a 10 other than I�m optimistic that an even more perfect melon is out there. ".
Yet, in the space of roughly one year and nine months, the same watermelon fell out of your "standards" list, saying " But they are unpredictable, often turn out deformed, and are really hard to tell exactly when to pick " and " So while a perfect GA Rattlesnake might rate higher to me, its not consistent enough to be on my "standards" list. "
I apologize beforehand if you feel that I am taking these quotes out of context and urge all to read the full postings to make up their own minds about it.
May I know what has happened ? Right off the bat I was thinking to myself "seed quality" given that you have twenty to thirty years experience in growing watermelons, but I would rather hear from you than than my own half baked guesswork and full ignorance on what is going on. As it is right now, I may go for the same or Crimson Sweet based on your reply.
Thank you very much once again.