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This listing is for 10 seeds of Early Moonbeam 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.
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We love growing consistently sweet ice-box melons. Diana is our favorite, followed by Sugar Baby, then Yellow Doll. Since erecting a solid deer fence our watermelon patch has grown considerably (there's always room for one more, right?) and we decided to add Early Moonbeam. Early Moonbeam promises 5-8 pound melons with a brix of 9.9 which is sure to please the kids. From what we're seeing it comes in early, too. Yellow to Yellow/Orange flesh which is alway a crowd pleaser. I guess we'll know by the end of the season if this one is a keeper.
From our supplier:
Open-pollinated stabilized selection from Yellow Doll, one of breeder Alan Kapuler’s notable successes in de-hybridizing. Kapuler retained most of Doll’s strengths including earliness, icebox size (5–8 lb), sweet yellow flesh and colorful skin of dark green stripes on a greenish-white background, while sacrificing only a scintilla of uniformity and flavor. Brix reading of 9.9 at WSU trials.
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, the 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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