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Garrisonian Watermelon Seeds

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Citrullus lanatus

Garrisonian Watermelon Seeds (85 days)


2 gram heirloom watermelon seed package


Released in the early 1950s by the USDA Southeastern Vegetable Breeding Lab, Charleston, S.C. 

Garrisonian has a light green skin with contrasting emerald green "rattlesnake" markings. 

The rose colored flesh is sweet and sumptuous. 

Average weight is around 30 pounds.

Adapted to the Southern and Eastern United States.  (We grow them here on the West Coast just fine!)

Hard tough rind perfect for shipping and farmers market.

Brix 11 in our trials (sugar reading).  Most melons score about 7-9. So this is one sweet melon or in our soil anyway!

Disease Resistant: Fusarium and Anthracnose.

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1" 22-27 75-80 3-10 6' 3' 55 lb Full

Citrullus lanatus

Planting Tips:

In warmer climates, can be direct sown 1” deep once soil is above 75.  For cooler climates, start seedlings 2-3 weeks before last frost and place in final spacing of 3-4ft. on 6 ft. rows.  Loose, fertile soil in full sun will ensure a good crop.  For sweeter melons, reduce watering in the last month before harvest.

If direct seeding, don't plant seed till the soil temperature is 70 degrees or more.  Watermelons are originally from Africa and need heat to grow well.
If you do not have a long hot summer choose an organic variety that is quick to ripen. 
Because we want to get an early start we normally plant watermelon seed in four inch containers inside a greenhouse.

For Best Eating:  Water until the fruits are about the size of a tennis ball then only water if the plant totally dry.  The best tasting organic melons are concentrated in flavor because they are not over-watered.

Seeding Rate: 5,000 plants/acre, aproximately 1/2 lb.

Heirloom seeds are hardy but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - not letting the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely or overwatering and possibly having them rot.


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