Sweet Siberian Watermelon - RARE heirloom 10 seeds

$3.48


This delicious, extra sweet watermelon, with its apricot-colored flesh, crunchy texture, deep green rind, and short maturity period is a perfect choice for northern growers like those in the Northeast, and maybe even in Siberia. The oblong fruits can grow up to 10 pounds!

Originally hailing from Russia, Sweet Siberian Watermelon was first offered in the US by Peter Henderson and Co. in 1898. Glenn Drowns, director of the Sand Hill Preservation Center in Iowa, discovered this variety as a seed bank accession, quickly learning that it was an ideal orange-fleshed watermelon for his short-season area.

Direct sow it two weeks after threat of frost has passed, or start indoors one to two weeks before last frost. Plant in full sun, and mulch in between the plants if possible. Watermelons enjoy hot temperatures and need only moderate water to set fruit. In fact, fruit are sweetest in dry seasons. These melons have a thin rind and are susceptible to cracking when ripe - so, when they reach the size of a soccer ball, check them often for peak ripeness.

80 to 85 days

Grown in Tennessee.

Planting Guide included. Ships in padded envelope.

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