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This listing is for 1g, about 20 seeds, of Sugar Baby Watermelon. 100% organic, non-genetically modified seed. These are our extra FEDCO seeds from this season. We buy in small bulk lots, use what's needed for family, friends, and small co-ops, then sell the remainder at a substantial discount for other growers. All seed lots have been tested for viability. This variety has been trialed from several sources to ensure the selection of the best strain. 100% success in the northeast. All extra seeds are professionally packaged and labeled. Free USPS First Class shipping to the lower 48.
80 days to maturity. Open-pollinated. The first of its genre and still the standard northern icebox watermelon. Among the earliest in its class, Sugar Baby grows 8–10 lb fruits, dark green outside and deep red inside. Discovered in a field of picnic watermelons by M. Hardin of Geary, OK, in 1955 and introduced by the Woodside Seed Co. Still prized by those who prefer their watermelons open-pollinated and of modest size.
Plant 1/2" deep, 3 per pot, indoors. Set out after temperatures are above 60°, in hills 5' apart. Thin to 2 per hill. To achieve better yield and uniform time of harvest remove or cut the shoots when the fourth true leaf has appeared to encourage the development of the secondary vine. This is done 10 to 15 days after transplanting. Leave four secondary vines in each plant. Remove all flowers, fruits, and shoots from each secondary vine starting from the fourth leaf (node) downwards. Let the fruit develope from the fifth leaf (node) onwards. Each plant may produce 4 to 5 fruits.
Harvesting watermelon at proper ripeness is an art. Thumping should produce a low, hollow sound. Spread thumb and forefinger and press hard on fruit. If you feel any give, watermelon is ripe. Also, unripe fruit is heavy; a ripe one is lighter. Don’t heed the traditional advice to wait for the closest tendril to brown—that may be too late. Minimum germination temperature 60°, optimal range 75–95°.
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