(Citrullus lanatus) 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.
SEEDS TO HILL
To 3-4 Plants
Green Thumb Tip 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 "fruit blotch" statement of waiver)
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