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Moon and Stars Yellow Flesh Watermelon

Moon & Stars Yellow Flesh Watermelon

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Citrullus lanatus

Moon & Stars Yellow Flesh Watermelon (90-95 days)


First mentioned around 1900, but probably much older.

This watermelon is a family heirloom from Georgia, although it was said that this melon was routinely brought to the Southern United States from Bermuda around Christmas time. 

Watermelons are indigenous to Africa and followed the slave trade throughout the world.  Bermuda was no exception. 

I suspect someone in Georgia decided they didn't want to wait for Christmas to get their next yellow flesh and started growing them. 

However this rare yellow fleshed mellow got here, it has been a favorite ever since. 

Deep green skin with the classic moon and stars pattern. 

Reaches 20-25 pounds.

Excellent flavor, but not as sweet as the pink fleshed variety.

White seeded.

Some disease resistance and drought tolerance.

Very rare. 

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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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