WATERMELON Crimson Sweet
The blocky oval fruits have dark green stripes and weigh up to 30 lbs. (13.5kg). The flesh is bright red, firm and very sweet. Disease resistant plants produce vigorous vines providing lots of sunburn protection. Approximately 90 days to maturity from transplants.
Special Directions for Short Season Climates
SOWING: Start seeds indoors 4 weeks before last frost or outdoors after soil has warmed and all danger of frost has passed. Place pots, trays or flats under lights in a warm room. Cover seeds with 1/2 inch fine soil.
TRANSPLANTING: Plant outdoors in May when all danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Harden off seedlings.
SPACING: Leave about 6 feet between plants.
GERMINATION: 1 to 2 weeks at 70 F. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Plant in full sun, if possible against a south or west wall or fence where reflected sun will provide additional heat. Black plastic at base of plants or a tire placed around each plant also will help provide heat for earlier ripening. Does best in warm weather areas.