Watermelon & Melon -- 2021 Season

Let’s get the new year started! What with the pandemic, I see several online seed sellers have sold out early of a number of watermelon varieties.

This year, I have ordered the following from Twilley Seed for planting in early May here in Zone 7a.

(1) SummerFlavor 720, a hybrid
(2) Sangria, a hybrid
(3) Orange Krush, a hybrid
(4) Georgia Rattlesnake, open pollinated

In addition to those, I’ll plant a couple Jubimax, which @stephen03 graciously sent me.

Anyone else decided yet what you’ll plant?

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Not decided, but have completed seed inventory. Here is what I have currently available.

Blacktail Mountain
Bradford
Cream of Saskatchewan
Dixielee
Early Midget
Giza Edible Seed
Grover Delany
Halbert’s Honey
Jubilee II
Jubilee X Congo
Kholodok
Kleckley Sweet
Ledmon
Moon & Stars
Yellow Baby Doll
Royal Golden
Strawberry
Vietnamese
Whitley’s yellow
Wibb
Yellow Moon & Stars

I’m leaning toward Yellow Moon & Stars since I need fresh seed. I may also manage to get some Ledmon grown in another garden. I grow for seed production as well as eating so don’t grow more than one variety in a location each year.

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I am doing an early planting of Bradford from my greenhouse as transplants to get seed from. Direct seed will be:
Black Mountain
Dixielee
Ledmon
Orangeglo
Sweet Princess
Wibb

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Does anyone have seed for the Illiniwek Red Seeded Watermelon? It is supposed to be one hell of a watermelon.

I tried to grow it years ago using seeds from Grin, but never got any watermelons that reached maturity.

https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/accessiondetail?id=1578438

Illiniwek%20Red%20Seeded%20Watermelon

Illiniwek%20Red%20Seeded%20Watermelon%20seeds

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For March planting direct and transplant:

Big Stripe
Starbrite
Summer Flavor 720
Gold Strike
Dulce
Charlene or Charleston Grey
OrangeGlo
Truck Buster
Maybe? Sangria

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I got all my seed in a couple weeks ago, I’m going with the following this year:
Starbrite
Summerflavor 720
Sangria
Big stripe
Jade star

I would have never grown most on this list without the help from people on this forum, I really appreciate the help. Starbrite will be new to me this year, but the others were all winners last year in my location. I might grow a few hills of Charleston gray, but not full rows. Crimson sweet, jubilee, jubilee improved, and black diamond are getting cut from my list this year.

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Find time and space to trial Yellow Moon & Stars. It is one of the best flavored watermelons I’ve grown.

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Nothing but Strawberry. For the past three seasons, it’s been the best-tasting, best-performing watermelon I’ve ever grown, bar none. And I have seed already! :wink: I will probably start saving some seed, too.

I’ve given up on C. melo. The battle against cucumber beetles/wilt is a losing one here as far as honeydews, muskmelons and the like are concerned.

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I’ve got a few germinating. If they make it, these will be the earliest plants I’ve had, so maybe I can eat some fruit before July is out.

Anybody else got watermelons going?

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I’m trying Mambo and Mini Love Hybrid melons this year. They are both relatively small and early ripening for our short season. They are just peaking through in their indoor cells.

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I am growing blacktail mountain watermelon, Canary melons and minnesota midget muskmelons this year all are doing good and ready to transplant even though my weather is not

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Kholodok watermelon seed are in the ground and starting to germinate. This is a storage melon that reaches peak flavor a few months after harvest.

I have Kansas cantaloupes started. With a bit of luck, I’ll wind up with too many to eat and have to start selling them at the local farmers market.

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I’ve planted:

Kholodok / Holodok
Royal Golden
PI 549163

and seed from my domestic watermelon landrace to grow out and refresh. Didn’t have the space to work on the citron melon - watermelon hybrids this year.

PI 549163 is planted specifically for a novel non-serrated leaf trait. Theoretically it may provide an advantage to watermelons in non-African temperate northern climates. At least that is the hope. No need for desert adapted leaves any more in my opinion.

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I’m growing Halona and Yellow Baby Doll. I’m also going to try growing a canary melon from the store that I saved seeds from, and that my son was crazy about.

I’ve never had good luck with melons though, they don’t love my climate. Out of 6 seedlings I planted last year, I only got 1 melon total, and that was a Cream of Saskatchewan. Beautiful melon but way too many seeds and not much flavour. I grew that one next to a south facing wall which it seemed to like.

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Just got done planting 285 hills of watermelon and 45 hills of cantaloupe. It flat out kicked our buts. We usually spread the planting out over a week, squeezed it in in 1 day this year with all the rain we have had and more coming.

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That’s a lot of work, @ctduckhunter ! What varieties did you plant?

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Wow!

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I went with mostly Big stripe, summerflavor 720, starbrite, jade star and Sangria. Just a few Charleston gray and jubilee improved to finish out a couple rows where I ran out of seed. I’m thinking I’m going to narrow those top 5 varieties to just 3 varieties next year, it will just make things easier on ordering bulk. What varieties did you plant? I just planted seed this year, no plugs this year. I’m also atleast 2 weeks later than I was hoping to be, but it has been cool and rainy, so earlier planting was not an option.

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Sounds good. You’ll have plenty to sell, that’s for sure

For me, SummerFlavor 720, Orange Krush, Sangria, GA Rattlesnake, and Jubimax. So five varieties , but only about 20 plants total. I’m at least two weeks ahead of last year, but we’ve got a long way to go.

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Kholodok, King Winter, Wintermelon - storage types
Orangeglo, Wibb, Halbert Honey, Wilson Sweet, crimson SweetXGA Rattlesnake, and wife picked Blacktail Mtn., Chou Cheh Red, and Golden Midget.
Thought I’d ordered seed of an Orangeglo X Crimson Sweet…but must have forgotten it when placing orders this spring.

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