One of the most popular varieties of watermelon Crimson Sweet
with a tricky green skin with dark green stripes. They have an oblong shape, dense bright red flesh that ripens in 85 days. A watermelon weighs an average of 25 pounds and contains a large amount of sugar and a small number of seeds. Resistant to FW1, FW2, AN1, and AN3.
Southern gardens are ideal for growing these sweet watermelons; they adapt well to different climates, making them the most popular watermelon in the United States. This variety was created by crossing Miles/Peacock and Charleston Gray watermelons.
How to grow Crimson Sweet Watermelon from seeds:Sowing: You should plant Crimson Sweet watermelon seeds indoors a month before transplanting. Use peat pots for seedlings so as not to injure plants during transplantation. Plant three seeds in a pot 1/4" deep, remove the weaker seedling later. Maintain soil temperature at least 80-85 degrees F. Cut all but the strongest seedlings when true leaves appear. Transplant them a week after the last frost with two or three plants on each hill with 6 to 8 feet of space in all directions. In warm climates, you can sow watermelons directly when the soil temperature is at least 75 degrees F. Plant 6 seeds per hill with 6-8' of space in all directions. Thin out the strongest two or three plants as soon as they emerge. Plant watermelons in full sun in fertile, loose soil.
Growing of Crimson Sweet Watermelon: Apply a layer of mulch when the plant is actively growing to control weeds and protect the melons from contact with the soil. You should keep the soil moist until the fruit has grown, and when the fruit develops, water only when the soil is completely dry. Crimson Sweet melons are disease and anthracnose-resistant and inhibit fusarium wilt.
How and When to Harvest Crimson Sweet Watermelon: To check the maturity of a watermelon, you need to know the approximate size of a ripe watermelon. Also, you can check ripeness and juiciness by tapping the watermelon with the knuckles, listening for a dull thump rather than a hollow ring. Another method is to check the bottom of the watermelon that is in contact with the ground. Watermelons are usually kept for several weeks in a cool place.
Crimson Sweet Watermelon's Seed Saving: Keep in mind that for the seed clean, be aware that watermelons tend to cross-pollinate with other watermelon varieties. Therefore, collect seeds only from mature watermelons. Place the sеeds in a bowl with water, then drain the water and floating seeds. Rinse them well, then lay them out to dry completely. Store them in a cool, dry place for up to five years.
FAST FACTSLatin Name: Citrullus lanatus
Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Warm Season
USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Seeds per Ounce: 580
Planting Method: Direct Sow
Sunlight: Full Sun
Height: 12 Inches