Our favorite watermelon! We introduced this fine variety about 10 years ago after we were sent seed by Aziz Nail, an Iraqi gentleman who had collected this fantastic variety in Iraq. It is now nearly impossible to get seeds from this ancient country whose people have lost much of their genetic heritage in the long, bloody war. Now our corporate agriculture has been "kindly" suggested to native farmers who are losing thousands of years of plant breeding work. The 12-30 lb melons have hard light-green rinds that make them perfect for shipping and storage; the light color makes them resistant…
Amarillo is an attractive, medium green with dark green stripes and bright yellow flesh. The globe-shaped fruits average 15 lb. Seeds of Ace pollinator and complete growing instructions are included with each order. Avg. 7,000 seeds/lb. Packet: 10 seeds.
85 days. Oblong fruits reach around 18 " in length, 15-20 lb, crimson flesh. Vigorous vines tolerated a lot of heat and drought in 2011. A local Arkansas variety sent in by a customer. Lovely, very dark green rinds really do look nearly black.
A very popular round variety. Premium quality and size (averages 35-50 lbs., but can get much larger). Flavorful red flesh, bruise-resistant rinds. 90 DAYS. 1/2 oz. contains about 125-140 seeds, sows a 100-ft. row. If the current shipping season is closed, your order will ship at the proper time in the next season.
90 days. This rare variety of Black Diamond has light yellow flesh with a deep black-green rind and the taste is very sweet. Can grow to very large sizes. Contains 25-35 heirloom seeds
90 days. Sweet red flesh; an old variety that can attain great size. Dark green rind; popular with many gardeners.
90 days. A sweet-flavored, pink-fleshed watermelon that has a pale greenish cream-colored rind. It is an old variety that was popular in the 19th century. In 1881 D.M. Ferry said, "Medium size, scarlet flesh, and very sweet; a good variety for main crop." In 1927 Henry Field's catalog stated, "Round shaped melons with thin, ivory colored skin. Pink-meated and of fine quality. It will keep late into the winter. Very prolific; matures very early."
70 days. One of the earliest watermelons we know of, superb for the north, but it also grows well in heat and drought. The flesh is red and deliciously sweet. Fruit have a dark rind and weigh 8-12 lbs. each. This excellent variety was developed by our friend Glenn Drowns, owner of the Sand Hill Preservation Center in Iowa. A favorite of many gardeners across the USA. One of the best we have ever tried!
Latin name: Citrullus lanatus GB Cultural info: HW/ Matures 10-13/ Harvest 13/ Yield 50-320/ Spacing 24 / Area 140 Seed code: C Seeds per pkt: 35 Description: 70 days. Developed by Glen Drowns for reliable crops in Northern Idaho, where summer nights average 43°F and a boon to gardeners in all short-season or cold-night areas of the country. Round 9” dark-green fruits average 9 lbs. Sweet, juicy, crunchy, red flesh. Surprisingly, it does well in hot humid areas, too.
Enormous fruits are sweet and extra juicy. Dark and light green-striped rinds are bruise resistant and easy to handle. Open pollinated. $3.99
87 days. This popular variety dates to 1954. The long gray-green fruit grow to 20-40 lbs.; the red flesh is fiber-free and very tasty. Yields are very good, and melons are excellent for home or market.
85-90 days. This heirloom was bred in Montrose, Iowa in 1950 by "Chris" Christenson and the "Cross" was Hawksbury crossed with Dixie Queen. 15-20 lb. fruit have green striped rind and tasty, crisp red flesh. This variety is almost extinct.
90 days. This variety of melon was used in the 19th century for making preserves, candied citron, pies and more. The firm white flesh is not good for fresh eating but has many holiday uses in the kitchen. These are rock hard and keep for months. Citron type melons are the ancestors to domestic watermelons and still grow wild in Africa. These are very easy to grow as they resist almost everything. Huge vines; 10-lb. fruit have bright red seeds.
90 days. Large 30 to 40-lb melons: very tough, striped rind. The flesh is deep red and very firm. Has a high sugar content and is an excellent, big tasty watermelon. AAS winner from 1950.
Extra-large fruits, up to 50 lbs. Widely adapted and disease resistant. $3.99 $3.99
80 days. A beautiful little melon with sweet, tasty, cream-colored flesh! An excellent variety for the north. Fruits around 8-10 lbs each with a striped, green rind. A favorite of those who grow it! An old heirloom.
85 days. AAS/Winner-1964, very popular. Crisp and sweet, medium-red flesh, mild flavor. A good producing type that is still quite popular.
Dark and light green-striped, 10" x 12", blocky, oval fruits weigh in at 15-25 lb. Sweet red flesh. Avg. 1-2 fruits/plant. Packet: 30 seeds.
Deep crimson flesh is bursting with juice and is so sweet, the 20- to 25-lb. melons will disappear from your refrigerator in no time flat! Fine-grained flesh; small seeds. Resists fusarium wilt and anthracnose. 88 DAYS. 1/2 oz. contains about 125-140 seeds, sows a 100-ft. row. If the current shipping season is closed, your order will ship at the proper time in the next season.
Fine flavor, good keeping ability and only a few small seeds. Abundant crops of 10-to 12-in., round fruits averaging 25 lbs. $3.99
85 days. This watermelon produces 20-lb fruit that have a light pea-green rind that is resistant to sun burning. It is also one of the most drought-resistant varieties of watermelon known. It has sweet, yellow flesh and is very popular in the watermelon-growing areas of Arkansas. Good for storage.
Sails through dry spells; stays sweet and juicy. Deep yellow-fleshed fruits are a tasty change of pace from pink and red melons. Light green oblong fruits hold on the vine without sunburn a month after ripening. 85 DAYS. 1/2 oz. contains about 125-140 seeds, sows a 100-ft. row. If the current shipping season is closed, your order will ship at the proper time in the next season.
80 days. Pre-1935 variety, round in shape, can grow up to 50 lbs. Flesh is brilliant red, solid, and of a fine flavor. Skin is striped dark green and greenish ivory; uniform in shape, size, color and quality.
86 days. 30-40 lb. fruit that are oblong, and have a striped, thin, tough rind. The bright red flesh is very sweet! Excellent taste. Developed in 1952 by the USDA and Clemson. A good market melon. Contains 25-35 heirloom seeds
The nearly round, 8" x 7 3/4", seedless fruits avg. 14-16 lb. They are medium green with dark green stripes and pink flesh. Excellent variety for quality-conscious customers. Avg. 1-2 fruits/plant. Seeds of Ace pollinator and complete growing instructions are included with each order. Avg. 6,800 seeds/lb. Packet: 10 seeds.
80 days. One of the true joys of summer, this watermelon is just right. Ferris Wheel bears early maturing, soccer ball-sized fruit with deliciously sweet, crisp flesh, few seeds, and a very thin rind. Sleek, smooth-skinned fruit have an attractive light green rind with slim, dark green stripes, and average 6 pounds each.
90 days. A longtime Southern favorite, thought to have been developed in Georgia in the 1830's. Its stripes resemble those of a Rattlesnake, hence the name. Sweet, light crimson-colored flesh and large size. Used as a shipping melon; a great old variety.
70 days. A beautiful miniature watermelon that weighs around 3 lbs. It's easy to tell when they are ripe, as the rind turns a lovely golden yellow when ready for harvest, a very beautiful contrast with the salmon-pink colored flesh. The taste is sweet and refreshing. Very early, matures in just 70 days. Developed by the late Dr. Elwyn Meader, UNH in 1959. Unique.
An introduction we received from our Ukrainian connection. It has a dark green skin with bright yellow flesh that is extremely flavorful and juicy. The size ranges from about 3 lb. to 12 lb. The smaller ones make great lunch-time melons for two people, with no leftovers.
Seedless fruit has the famed Crimson Sweet flavor, incredibly sweet and juicy! Thicker rinds mean the melons hold longer after harvest. Vigorous, medium-size plants produce family-size, 12- to 15-lb. fruits. Anthracnose resistant. 90 DAYS. If the current shipping season is closed, your order will ship at the proper time in the next season.
A delicious twist on the old favorite, dark green rind with characteristic markings of small yellow "stars" and larger yellow "moons." Crisp, sweet red flesh is seedless with good flavor. Earlier to ripen with shorter vines and a higher yield of smaller melons than heirloom Moon and Stars. Medium-sized, 8-13 lb., oval melons. Avg. 2-3 fruits per plant. Avg. 6,700 seeds/lb. Packet: 15 seeds.
Produces 24- to 26-lb. Melons with robust rind and flavorful, crisp flesh. Excellent holding. Resists anthracnose and fusarium. $2.99
This variety from the Hopi people has bright, golden-yellow flesh that is very sweet, crisp and flavorful; medium to large size. We received this variety from Native Seeds Search.
85 days. A small Japanese type watermelon. 6-12 lb ice-box-sized fruit have crisp, cream-colored flesh, and an excellent refreshing taste with mild flavor. Best tasting cream-fleshed watermelon at Washington State University trials. Enjoyed by some with lime and salt, but I like them plain, straight from the patch! Productive and fairly early.
90 days. Long, oval shaped fruit with very tasty flesh that is deep red and very crisp. A popular old favorite. Large size.
Oblong, green-striped fruits, 35 lbs. on average. Good pick for the South. $1.99 $3.99
85 days. Bright red, with a high sugar content, this heirloom has been a favorite ever since introduced by W. Atlee Burpee in 1897. Fruit are large and somewhat oblong; rind is dark green. Not for shipping, but perfect for the kitchen garden.
85 days. Delicious red flesh that is very sweet and crisp; has been a family favorite of ours for many years. Medium-large size and a good shipper. A very good melon. Rare.
100 days. Huge melons that have grown as large as 130 lbs.! This variety dates back to at least the 1880's. The fruit are nearly round and have sweet, red flesh. Excellent choice if giant watermelons are desired.
Renowned watermelon developed in South Carolina by J.E. Lednum in the early 20th Century. Mr. Lednum obtained this variety by crossing Stone Mountain with Kleckley's Sweet. Ledmun's name was misspelled by a county Board of Agriculture employee in a 1938 pamphlet, and the name has stuck. Slightly oblong fruits have a thin rind which makes shipping this fabulous melon nearly impossible, and so has been grown exclusively as a "family melon" for generations. The pink-to-red fleshed melons sometimes reach 40 lbs., and are claimed by some to be "the sweetest melon grown." A treasure!
Small, 5 1/2" round, avg. 2-4 lb. fruit. Bright stripe pattern on shell and dark pink flesh that is sweet and crisp with high sugar count. High-yielding plants. Avg. 3-5 fruits/plant. Avg. 12,500 seeds/lb. Packet: 30 seeds.
A sugary-sweet watermelon from Israel; this variety is great for warm climates. Small fruit weigh about 10 lbs. Green-striped rind and delicious light-red flesh is really refreshing. A good little melon for small families and market growers. Contains 25-35 heirloom seeds
An early variety from the Volga river region of Russia. Round, 10" fruit with green striped skin and bright red, sweet flesh. These are piled into pyramids in Moscow street markets.
We are excited to offer this great old variety from the "Show Me" state. It produces round, 20-lb melons with pale green skin and bright golden-yellow flesh that is crisp, sweet and refreshing. A really nice yellow type that is hard to find.
95 days. Legendary Heirloom Variety rediscovered in Macon, Missouri. Can grow over 40 lbs. The dark green rind has bright yellow spots on it! Spots range in size from tiny to several inches across. Leaves are also specked in yellow. It has very sweet brilliant, red flesh. This is becoming one of the most popular Heirloom varieties, a winner! Originally introduced by Peter Henderson & Co. in 1926, it was called "SUN, MOON AND STARS." The catalog says "...an extraordinary variation...and that it has such a delicious taste". It was sold then for 20 cents a packet. Unique variety!
100 days. One of Territorial's very favorite watermelons and always a stellar performer at our trial grounds. Moon & Stars is named for its celestially patterned rind: midnight black with brilliant, golden spangles and one large, lunar spot. Truly a cosmic wonder, the glittering, pinpoint stars spill from the fruit and into a galaxy of deeply lobed, silver-green foliage. Each fruit weighs 6–10 pounds with heavenly sweet, juicy, red flesh. A treasured Russian heirloom from 1910.
90-95 days. Rare, this is the yellow-meated strain of this fine heirloom; these are very delicious and have beautiful, yellow-orange meat that is very sweet. The large fruit can grow to 40 lbs, and they have large, yellow "Moons and Stars" covering their nearly black rinds. Our favorite variety of the planetary watermelons, it was a real favorite at our 2004 "Heirloom Garden Show". A great variety for farmers' markets
Beautiful appearance inside and out. New Orchid's outstanding, sherbet-like taste makes it a real people pleaser. The fruits are a medium large "icebox" size, avg. 7-9 lb., and oval-round. The skin has dark green, high-contrast stripes; similar to in appearance, only somewhat larger. Avg. 1-2 fruits/plant. Avg. 8,000 seeds/lb. Packet: 15 seeds.
80 days. This watermelon brings another color of the rainbow to your fruit plates. New Queen matures early and exhibits a stunning bright orange flesh that is tender, crisp, and juicy. Very few seeds, and a 12% sugar content round out this exciting release. The melons are globe-shaped and have light green rinds with distinctive dark green stripes. Each weighs about 5-6 pounds.
9" round, light green fruits with dark green stripes avg. 17-19 lb. Compared to Orange Sweet, which it replaced, Orange Crisp has firmer, more crisp flesh, and better resistance to hollow heart. Avg. 1-2 fruits/plant. Avg. 12,500 seeds/lb. Packet: 15 seeds.
Big 17- to 20-lb. fruit features brilliant orange flesh with irresistible sugary sweet flavor and juicy texture. Vigorous, healthy vines and fusarium wilt tolerance ensure huge yields. 78 DAYS. If the current shipping season is closed, your order will ship at the proper time in the next season.
90 days. Growing your own seedless watermelon is possible with Orchid Sweet! This 3–5 pound triploid, or seedless, watermelon is one of the most dependable on the market. With a green, black-striped rind and wonderful, juicy yellow flesh, this is the best seedless melon to grow. Complete instructions with every order.
Poppies are the VIPs of every flower border, oozing with brilliant colour. This may well be the most dazzling of them all! Mouth-wateringly gorgeous, this poppy is aptly named for its watermelon-pink colour. Satiny, crepe-like petals open to 6" across. A large, velvety black seed capsule lies in the centre, surrounded by prominent, dark purple stamen. Hummingbirds love it, and you will, too! Perfect in back borders and cutting gardens, it will also make a beautiful addition to summer bouquets. 3-7 #1 plants Full Sun 25-30" Late Spring to Summer If our spring shipping season is closed, your order will…
85 days. A true personal-sized, seedless watermelon that you can grow in your own backyard! Petite Treat offers outstanding taste and aroma packed in a single-serving portion. Eye-appealing inside and out with gleaming, green-banded skin and firm, strawberry colored flesh. The pint-sized, uniform fruit have fresh, firm, crispy texture, a mouth-watering, sweet flavor and weigh in at 3-6 pounds. Complete instructions with every order.
A Southern heirloom variety grown by generations of gardeners and still seen in the supermarket today. Large oval fruits with beautifully patterned “rattlesnake” markings average 25-45 lbs. and can reach up to 75 lbs. 90 DAYS. 1/2 oz. contains about 125-140 seeds, sows a 100-ft. row. If the current shipping season is closed, your order will ship at the proper time in the next season.
85 days. An innovation in watermelon development, Ruby surpasses other seedless varieties in taste, texture and looks! Refreshingly crisp and exquisitely sweet, its flesh is vibrant red and a pure delight to eat. The oval fruit are vividly striped in kelly green and deep emerald, weighing a hefty average of 15 pounds each. Vigorous, disease resistant plants reliably produce ample, prime quality harvests. Complete instructions with every order.
Sets the bar for eating quality in the Allsweet melon type market! Even sweeter than Crimson Sweet, it has high sugars and unsurpassed taste! Disease resistant. Harvest 20- to 23-lb. melons for fresh eating, fruit salads or to take to market. 87 DAYS. If the current shipping season is closed, your order will ship at the proper time in the next season.
87 days. One of summer's most popular treats grown in your own back yard! Voluptuous, oval fruit reach 20-23 pounds with jade green stripes on a forest green background. The deep red flesh is high in sugars and even higher in flavor and eating quality. Plants consistently produce mouth-watering fruit with the most refreshing, delectable taste.
At 6-8 lb., Sorbet is a great size for farmers markets and CSAs. Firm, crisp, bright red flesh has excellent flavor and sweetness. Dark green with dark green stripes, these melons are almost round, avg. 7 x 7". Avg. 2-3 fruits per plant. Resistant to Fusarium races 0 and 1 as well as anthracnose. Avg. 12,200 seeds/lb. Packet: 10 seeds.
Flesh has beautiful pastel swirls of red and yellow. Avg. 10 lb. fruits are round to oval, 8" in diameter. Display a cut specimen for your customers' inspection. It is relatively early, has performed well in both cool and warm years, and has first-rate sweetness and texture. Avg. 1-2 fruits/plant. Avg. 10,800 seeds/lb. Packet: 15 seeds.
Round, 8" diameter fruits weighing 10-12 lb. Deep green with highly contrasting black stripes. Red flesh has excellent flavor with crisp texture. Avg. 1-2 fruits/plant. Avg. 8,500 seeds/lb. Packet: 30 seeds.
Round fruits, 6-8" in diameter, averaging 8-10 lb. Ripe melons are almost black. Good flavor. Tough rinds resist cracking. The standard of "icebox" melons for many years. Avg. 1-2 fruits/plant. Avg. 10,650 sees/lb. Packet: 30 seeds.
79 days. The #1 icebox sized melon! Early! 6-10 lb. melons are great for the north and have sweet deep red flesh
Saves space in the garden and in the refrigerator. The only thing oversized is the flavor—rich and incredibly sweet. Compact vines produce plenty of 6- to 10-lb. fruits packed with sweet red-orange flesh. 85 DAYS. 1/2 oz. contains about 125-140 seeds, sows a 100-ft. row. If the current shipping season is closed, your order will ship at the proper time in the next season.
80 days. The standard of the icebox melons, Sugar Baby has been a staple at picnics for years. Vines grow to 6 feet and set 4-6 melons roughly 10 inches across. Has that unmistakable crisp, mouthwatering, sweet rich flavor. Terrific for home gardens.
Ideal size for the refrigerator, 8 in. across and 6-10 lbs. Bright red-orange flesh is firm, fine-grained and super sweet.
Tender flesh is smooth, sweet, and bright orange for baking, mashing, and pies. Beautifully colored, deep scarlet fruits are slightly flat-round, avg. 3-5 lbs. Vigorous, short vine. Sunshine is destined to become a recognized, one-variety squash genre in the market. Its fruit appearance and eating quality are superior to other varieties of this type. Avg. 3-4 fruits/plant. AAS winner. Order 2998T (Treated, available 1/4 lb. and larger.) or 2998 (Untreated). Avg. 2,700 seeds/lb. Packet: 30 seeds.
The oval-round, striped melons are "icebox" size, avg. 8-10 lb. Sunshine's bright yellow flesh is brittle, juicy, and very sweet. Strong, thin rind, bright green with dark green stripes. Compact vine. Tolerant to hollow heart. Avg. 1-2 fruits/plant. Avg. 9,250 seeds/lb. Packet: 15 seeds.
80 days. Many taste testers have praised the sweet flavor and crisp texture of Sweet Beauty. The oblong shaped fruit weigh 5-7 pounds and have red flesh and dark green skin with medium green stripes. Another icebox variety that is touted to be single serving size. The vigorous vines reach about 8-10 feet. Expect 3-4 fruit per plant.
Sweet, flavorful, crisp bright red flesh in an attractive striped rind. Weighing in at 5-8 pounds, Sweet Bite is the perfect size for a few people to eat in a sitting. Easily portable and able to fit in the refrigerator. Avg. 2-3 fruits per plant. Avg. 1,200 seeds/lb. Packet: 15 seeds.
Bright green rind with darker stripes. Avg. 10-12 lb. here, larger farther south. Ripens much earlier than others of the oval-oblong, striped type and yields well. Bright red, sweet flesh. Resistant to anthracnose and fusarium. 1978 All-America Selections winner. Avg. 1-2 fruits/plant. Avg. 10,600 seeds/lb. Packet: 15 seeds.
85 days. This seedless Watermelon sets compact fruit that's just right for stowing in the fridge -- no more "clearing the decks" to chill a massive melon! Sweet and crisp, the flavor is fantastic -- and you'll get big yields from this dependable name in Watermelon. You can't find a more convenient, higher-yielding, delectable melon than Charleston Jr!The rind on these melons is a solid light green, while the flesh is pale red, very crisp and juicy. You'll notice only a few seeds in the entire fruit, which is a joy if you like to cut up or ball watermelon…
80 days. From the swampland of Florida comes midnight-green Everglade Hybrid! The rind looks black and is smooth, deep, and heavy, offering great protection to the incredibly succulent, seedless flesh within! If you love rich watermelon flavor and could do without the seeds, you've got to try this fantastic variety!These fruits reach 11 to 14 pounds each, and are nearly perfectly round, looking exactly like gleaming bowling balls! The dark rind offers extra protection to the juicy-sweet, and perhaps that's what makes this fine variety taste so crisp, extra-sugary, and fresh! One bite will convince you that this is the…
72 days from direct-sowing the seed; 60 days from transplanting seedlings.Meet the 2012 All-America Selection, a whole new look in watermelons! Faerie Hybrid is nothing short of enchanting, with a creamy rind striped in yellow and concealing crisp, juicy, supersweet pinkish-red flesh! This small melon is just right for the family dinner table, and it finishes quickly, yields heavily, and saves space. You simply can't go wrong!This vine reaches just 11 feet long, yet bears quite profusely. The melons are about 7 to 8 inches long at maturity, and weigh between 4 and 6 pounds. Disease- and pest-resistant, they're easy…
85 days from direct-sowing. Jenny is a working watermelon, acting as a pollinator for all seedless watermelon varieties in your field. Absolutely essential to grow with seedless types for best yields, Jenny also happens to be a delicious super-small-seeded (SSS) type in her own right -- so she is not only useful but very delicious!These oval fruits reach about 8 pounds at maturity, with jagged dark green stripes on a lighter green background. They are filled with tiny, completely edible seeds, and appear very profusely on well-branched plants. Jenny has less foliage cover for its melons than most, but otherwise…
100 days. Probably the most beautiful -- and unusual -- watermelon ever grown, this heirloom is also one of the sweetest! Most of the fruit is 25 to 30 pounds, but the occasional over-achiever balloons up to 50, protecting the succulent juiciness of its bright red flesh with a deeply-ridged, very thick rind!The rind is the most interesting aspect of Moon and Stars. It is very dark green, liberally spotted with bright yellow and boasting the occasional larger, moon-shaped blotch of the same color. The foliage bears the same markings! No two melons are just alike, making this crop a…
75 days. Every single AAS judge noted the outstandingly sweet flavor of this gourmet-quality icebox melon, awarding it top honors for flavor. The rind is thin, with a light green base overlaid with thick dark green stripes. And the flesh is a most unusual bright orange, with a thin ring of black seeds! Just 5 to 7 pounds, this is called an "icebox" type because it actually fits in the crowded fridge. Try this award winner and taste the difference!Sow direct when the soil is warm and all danger of frost is past. Sow the seeds in raised hills or…
92 days. If you've never grown an orange watermelon before, Orange Crisp Hybrid is going to spoil you for every other variety! It's simply better in every way, from flavor (oh-so-sweet!) to holding ability (lengthy!) to vigor (big yields every time). Try this seedless gourmet delight for just one season, and we predict it will become your go-to melon!Orange Crisp lives up to its name with bright to amber-tinged orange flesh of exceptional crispy-sweet texture and flavor. The aroma is intoxicating! And the green-on-green striped rind is medium-thick, offering good protection from sunburn. These round to oval melons reach anywhere…
80 days. For years growers have been perfecting a seedless orange watermelon, and it has finally arrived! Orange Sweet was worth the wait, too -- not only is it seedless, but the melons are extra-sweet, juicy, and delicious!These melons offer dark green striped rinds measuring about 9 inches in diameter, simply packed with deep orange flesh. The color may remind you of a Creamsicle, but the texture is wonderfully crunchy, with a juicy bite packed with sugary goodness. Yum!Orange Sweet melons weigh in at about 17 to 19 pounds, and have good holding ability. Easy to grow, it's certain to…
87 days from direct-sowing. The first true Allsweet hybrid, Sangria is simply the best-tasting watermelon you will ever eat. The dark red flesh is packed with sugars for an incredibly delicious bite, fresh or chilled. Grow the gourmet variety you'd pay top dollar for at the fresh market with scrumptious Sangria!This oblong, striped melon reaches about 10 1/2 pounds, but that won't even be enough once you taste the supersweet flavor! Sangria is a watermelon lover's dream, each slice more succulent and sweet than the one before it. Luckily, with this vigorous, disease-resistant plant, you'll have plenty of melons to…
90 days from direct-sowing the seed; 75 days from transplanting seedlings. A quick-growing, absolutely delicious watermelon you must taste to really appreciate, Shiny Boy is a must-have for the vegetable garden! These 20-pound melons consistently win taste tests, boasting a "sweet tropical" flavor (to quote the AAS judges!) that out-satisfies all others. And as if this weren't enough, the yields on this vigorous, healthy plant are terrific!Named for its glossy, smooth striped rind, Shiny Boy takes off like crazy, yet this vining plant won't sprawl all over the place, and can even be grown vertically if given support for its…
77 to 80 days. This delightful new Watermelon is so yummy that you may never get to taste it chilled -- we've been eating it straight from the vine all summer, and once you try that scrumptious crisp-sweet red flesh and succulent bite, you may not be able to make it to the fridge, either!Just 6 to 7 pounds, these merrily striped oblong fruits are the perfect size for the icebox, and make one generous or two average-sized servings. (No more sawing away slabs from a 25-pound fruit while the fridge fills up with sticky juice!) They mature earlier than…
65 days. One of our best-tasting red seedless varieties is also one of the highest-yielding we've ever grown! This is the Triple Crown prize: delicious seedless melons and plenty of 'em.The 18- to 20-pound fruits have striped rinds, a convenient oval shape, and the firmest, most succulent flesh you will ever encounter in a watermelon -- it doesn't fall to bits when being cut for watermelon balls, yet it's juicy and tender-sweet, too!Since this is a seedless variety, we've included pollinator seed in every packet. But if you don't want to plant the whole packet, if you plant Triple Crown…
87 days from sowing seed. A brand-new color for the watermelon palette, Yellow Crunch Hybrid offers flesh of pale yellow on big, delicious melons! This heavy-yielding and delicious variety wins top honors for plate appeal, but the best moment is when you taste it!Weighing in at 10 to 20 pounds, these striped melons are the perfect size to feed the family all summer long. They have an ultra-sweet bite that is mouth watering without being cloying, and a crisp texture that always feels freshly picked. You will love the "lemon melon" in the garden and on the plate. Pkt is…
Bred by SSE member Glenn Drowns in the 1970s when he lived in northern Idaho, where summer nights average 43°F. Gorgeous green-black round fruits weigh 6-12 pounds. Deep scarlet flesh is super sweet, juicy, and crunchy. Perfect for short season areas; also does well in hot humid climates. 65-75 days.
In the early 1900s Chelsea, Iowa was famous for melons grown on the sandy hills north of town. Farmers would fill their horse-drawn “triple box” wagons in the field, haul them to town, and sell the melons right from the wagons. Today SSE member Marvin Kucera is the only person growing this watermelon in Chelsea. Sweet, pink-fleshed, 15-20 pound fruits with white seeds will keep for several weeks once picked. 90-100 days. Sow seeds outdoors in 12" diameter hills after danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Space hills 8' apart in all directions. Seeds will germinate in…
Family heirloom from Montrose, Iowa that was once thought to be lost. The result of a cross between Hawksbury and Dixie Queen made by Chris Christensen in 1950. Reliable yields of 15-20 pound nearly round pale green fruits with jagged dark green stripes. Moderately sweet. 85-90 days.
Brought to Saskatchewan by Russian immigrants. Does well in cool northern climates. Round fruits up to 10" in diameter, 4-10 pounds. A rare treat with sweet white flesh, exceptional flavor. Pale green skin with dark stripes. Very thin rind, must be handled with care—strictly garden to table. 80-85 days. Sow seeds outdoors in 12" diameter hills after danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Space hills 8' apart in all directions. Seeds will germinate in 4-10 days. Can also be started indoors 4 weeks before transplanting out. Watermelons love heat and prefer sandy or light-textured soils. (Please note:…
An outstanding little watermelon, with golden yellow rind and salmon pink flesh. Pleasantly sweet, about 3 pounds in weight. Bred by Elwyn Meader and Albert Yaeger at UNH in 1959; a cross between New Hampshire Midget and Pumpkin Rind. Has a built-in ripeness indicator: fruits turn yellow when ready. Very early variety, ripening in just 70 days.
A moon- and star-studded strain of the classic Moon and Stars watermelon. Eye-popping and scrumptious. Fruits are about 2' long and weigh 10-16 pounds. Bright pink sweet flesh, black seeds. Keep plants continuously well watered to achieve uniform elongated fruits. 95 days. Sow seeds outdoors in 12" diameter hills after danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Space hills 8' apart in all directions. Seeds will germinate in 4-10 days. Can also be started indoors 4 weeks before transplanting out. Watermelons love heat and prefer sandy or light-textured soils. (Please note: bulk orders will be sent with a…
(aka Sun, Moon & Stars) Created a sensation when Seed Savers Exchange disseminated this legendary long-lost variety. Kent Whealy searched for years before rediscovering it on Merle Van Doren’s farm near Macon, Missouri. The 15" dark green oval fruits are covered with pea-sized bright yellow “stars” and usually one larger “moon.” Foliage is also spotted. The fruits have sweet pink flesh and brown seeds. 88–90 days.
Introduced into the 1991 SSE Yearbook by Dr. Larry Woods from Georgia. Oblong 20-35 pound fruits with dark and light green stripes. Extra firm deep yellow flesh and black seeds. Quite productive, very high sugar content. 95-100 days.
An extraordinary watermelon offered by the Willhite Seed Company in the early 1980s. Fiery orange flesh is sugary, delicious, and crisp. Large oblong fruits average 25 pounds. A reliable producer and Heritage Farm favorite. 90-100 days.
A midseason variety bred by Asgrow Seed Company and introduced in 1972. Peacock-type with uniform mildly sweet pink flesh and hard rind. Resistant to fusarium wilt. Well suited for shipping. 95 days.
Traditional Russian variety introduced to American gardeners by SSE in 1991. Round 10-12" fruits with a very dark green rind and sweet red flesh. Early maturing variety that is well suited for northerly gardens and high altitudes. Great little icebox melon, holds for several weeks after picking. 80-90 days. Sow seeds outdoors in 12" diameter hills after danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Space hills 8' apart in all directions. Seeds will germinate in 4-10 days. Can also be started indoors 4 weeks before transplanting out. Watermelons love heat and prefer sandy or light-textured soils. (Please note:…
(aka Dixie Belle) Southern favorite introduced in 1923 by Hastings Seed Company of Atlanta, Georgia. One of the most popular watermelons during the 1930s and 1940s but now scarce. Round dark green fruits with sweet pink flesh average 30 pounds. Thick rind resists splitting, good choice for shipping or storage. Rind is also excellent for pickling. 80-95 days.
A Siberian heirloom imported in 1901. J.C. Robinson Seed Co. listed it in The Cucurbits Illustrated (1937). Obtained from the USDA by SSE member Glenn Drowns; reintroduced in 1987 by his Sand Hill Preservation Center in Calamus, Iowa. Green oblong watermelons weigh about 10 pounds. Flesh is very sweet, juicy, and apricot - colored. 80-85 days.
Crisp, extra-sweet yellow flesh! Small, 5- to7-lb. fruit has a thin rind and few seeds. Semi-compact vines. $3.99 $4.99
Bought 3 of these,put them in pots outside to establish them for the season. Can they survive the winter outside, or do I need to bring the pots inside for winter and replant them next spring? I live in central Illinois,weather stil, pretty mild, but starting to get frost advisories and mid thirties lows at night. Thanks