Watermelon Seeds

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Watermelon Fruit Blotch Disease

Watermelon Fruit Blotch Disease continues to be one of the risks of watermelon cultivation. We will sell you watermelon seed only if you are willing to take the total risk and full responsibility for any damages caused by Watermelon Fruit Blotch Disease.

The causal organism of Bacterial Fruit Blotch is Acidovorax Avenae Subs Citrulli. This bacteria may be seed borne, but infection may also occur from many types of secondary sources before or after planting. The most pronounced spread of Bacterial Fruit Blotch occurs in greenhouses, where optimal conditions for the spread of the disease occur.
In young seedlings, the disease can cause water soaked lesions to appear on the leaves of the plant, and in some cases on the stem as well. They will change, turn nektonic with yellow halos around the necrosis, possibly appearing on the leaves during any stage of plant growth. However, the real damage from this disease occurs after fruit set, when these lesions appear on the fruit. The fruit will begin to decay and make it unmarketable.
While Bacterial Fruit Blotch can be a devastating disease, early detection can help minimize losses. Research has shown that the early detection of the disease, followed with timely applications of copper based fungicides, can greatly reduce the spread and subsequent damage caused by the disease.

Too date, their is no way to prove if this disease is present in seeds, and their are many other possible sources for contamination.
Our seeds are from growers who have tested for this disease by growing isolation lots from seeds and inspecting for the disease, which is the only known way to test seeds for the disease at this time.

We have talked to many watermelon seed producers and it appears that this disease is almost always found from transplants grown in warm, humid greenhouses. If you can direct seed into the garden, rather than starting seedlings in the greenhouse, you should.

By purchasing our watermelon seed, you hereby release us from any and all liability for Watermelon Fruit Blotch Disease , under any and all legal theories. If giving us this release is unacceptable to you, then you must not purchase watermelon seeds from us. We will not accept fax or mail in orders for watermelon seeds.

JM182 Carolina Cross #183
One of our favorite melons since we started growing it a few years ago. You can grow delicious championship size melons in your garden! Enormous fruits are sweet and extra juicy. Dark and light green-striped rinds are bruise resistant and easy to handle. Open pollinated.
  10 seed pack $3.95
TRN481 Plantation Pride F1
Plantation Pride F1 is a hybrid, diploid watermelon that displays strong vine growth and heavy set potential. It is a distinct Cal Sweet F1 type with good shelf life. This is a very sweet watermelon variety, one of the best eating watermelons available and one of our best choices for a triploid pollinator. 15-20 pound melons, 95 days
 10 Seeds $2.95
TRN072 Ali Baba
This Iraqi heirloom has light green oblong melons weighing 15-25 pounds.
Vigorous vines. Sweet red flesh has few seeds. The hard rind makes this a good choice for market gardeners and home storage. Great texture, outstanding flavor. 80 days.
 5 Seeds $2.95
JM191 Gold in Gold Hybrid
2017 AAS Winner! Excellent tasting, bright yellow fruits have gold stripes and a lovely golden-orange flesh that is crisp with a high sugar content. Melons, 11 to 16 lbs., have a strong rind that resists cracking or bursting. The oblong shape makes it a perfect "icebox" watermelon. Early, high yielding with improved disease resistance.70 days.
 5 Seeds $2.95
TRN649 Shiny Boy Hybrid
2010 AAS Winner! Shiny Boy beat out the taste test competition in AAS trials, favored for the sweet, tropical flavor and crisp texture of its deep red flesh. Globe-shaped melons are ready to harvest just 90 days after sowing, having an average weight of 20 pounds or more. Dark green rinds have wide stripes. Vines up to 12 feet long can be grown vertically if space is limited. Grow successfully in any region with warm growing conditions. Plants exhibit good health, weather tolerance and generous yields. 75 days.
 5 Seeds $2.95
TRN526 Halbert Honey
Developed by Mr. H.A. Halbert of Texas and introduced in 1902 by the W. Atlee Burpee seed house. Thirty years later the Steckler Seed Co. of New Orleans still called it "one of the best tasting melons on the market, a favorite".
Sweet pink flesh with a crisp juicy texture. The dark green elongated fruit has a thin, somewhat delicate rind. 90-100 days.
 5 Seeds $2.95
TRN484 Yellow Crunch
The perfect market watermelon with exceptional shelf life.
Yellow Crunch is a round to slightly oval shaped watermelon. Very crisp yellow flesh, firm and high brix. Crimson Sweet type shell striping. Very few seeds! 15-20 pound melons. 85 days.
 5 Seeds $2.95
JM188 Orange Crunch
The perfect market watermelon with exceptional shelf life.
Big 15 to 20 pound fruit features brilliant orange flesh with delicious sugary-sweet flavor and juicy texture. Vigorous, healthy vines and fusarium wilt tolerance ensure huge yields. 78 days.
 5 Seeds $2.95
TRN480 Lemon Krush F1
Lemon Krush is a great tasting hybrid watermelon producing 16-20 pound melons. This fantastic watermelon features a dark Crimson Sweet rind pattern and firm yellow flesh with a high brix. Tolerant to Fusarium Wilt, Anthracnoce and Powdery Mildew. 85 days.
 5 Seeds $2.95
JM185 OrangeGlo
One of the best orange-flesh watermelons. Very crisp, sweet, and flavorful deep orange flesh.
Vigorous plant produces heavy yields of 25 pound melons with light and dark green stripes. 85 days.
 10 Seeds $2.95
3495 Mini Black Beauty Hybrid
Wonderful flavour in a personal sized watermelon. Crisp, juicy melons with dark, striped, firm skin over rich red flesh. Black Beauty Mini Watermelon seeds grow nice and compact plants with excellent flavor.
Fruits grow four to five pounds with intense watermelon flavor.
Matures in 80 days
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
SF109 Bozeman
Developed in Bozeman, Montana for short season growing areas, this light green watermelon has a speckled smooth skin. The slightly pear-shaped fruit are large for such an early melon, averaging 10-15 lbs with larger ones up to 18 lb. It has a very good flavor with a thick pink-red flesh, and with few seeds. Matures in only 80-90 days and keeps for up to a month after picking.
The Bozeman watermelon is an excellent choice for northern gardeners and for commercial growers as a short season market melon.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.25
IP071 Rattlesnake
A Southern heirloom variety grown by generations of gardeners. The large oval fruits have beautifully patterned "rattlesnake" markings and average 25-45 pounds in weight, but can get much larger. Sweet rose red flesh is firm and delicious! 90 days.
 10 Seeds $2.25
JM151 Yellow Belly Black Diamond
Dark green flesh except where it lies on the ground, which turns yellow. Can produce fruit in the 65-70 pound range. Sweet bright red flesh. 90 days.
Available only in Treated Seed.
 10 Seeds $2.50
JM184 Early Moonbeam
Early and productive yellow-fleshed watermelon, very sweet and delicious! Bred by Dr. Alan Kapuler specifically for Oregon conditions, which often tend to be on the cool side, this variety delivers sweet watermelons in cool climates where others often fail.
5-8 lb fruit have thin rinds and an attractive light-green skin with darker-green stripes. Recommended for northern and higher elevation gardens. 75-80 days.
 10 Seeds $2.50
JM156 Jubilee
Well rounded melons to 40 pounds. Good shipper with tough skin, high yielder. 95 days.
Available only in Treated Seed.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
JM157 Tendergold
80 days. The rind is dark green with a mottled stripe of a lighter green. It has a very uniform shape and size; also it has a much tougher rind than our other orange and yellow varieties, which makes it a much better shipping melon. The sweet yellow flesh turns more orange as it matures and the taste improves with time. Large black seed. A few days earlier than Orange Flesh Tendersweet and will last 7-20 days longer after ripening. Average weight 22 to 28 pounds.
Available only in Treated Seed.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
JM176 Legacy
The bright rind color and the firm flesh holds well, allowing a longer harvest window and a longer shelf life. It has a very uniform oblong shape thus reducing the tapering ends which usually contributes to a high percentage of culls. The fruit averages 22-25 pounds, however, with reduced plant populations it has the ability to exceed 25 pounds if conditions are favorable. Legacy has an attractive, deep red, firm flesh with a very good taste.
Available only in Treated Seed.
 10 Seeds $2.25
TRN115 New Queen
This watermelon brings another color of the rainbow to your fruit plates. New Queen matures early and exhibits a stunning bright orange flesh that is tender, crisp, and juicy.
Very few seeds, and a 12 percent sugar content round out this exciting release. The melons are globe-shaped and have light green rinds with distinctive dark green stripes. Each weighs about 5-6 pounds. AAS winner 80 days.
 5 Seeds $2.95
TRN114 Wilson's Sweet
Uniquely marked green and cream fruits weigh up to 10 pounds. Red flesh is sweet, crisp and full of superb old-fashioned watermelon flavor you're sure to love! A great variety for home and market gardeners, as it keeps well. 80 days.
 10 Seeds $2.95
JM125 Allsweet
A long striped melon with dark green stripes and firm red flesh. Tough rind that ships well. 25-30 pound fruits. 90 days.
 1.2g pack ( about 35 Seeds ) $2.50
Black Diamond Red Flesh
40 pound fruits with dark green rind, sweet red flesh. Good shipper.

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JM130 Charleston Grey 133
Large, grey green fruits of 28-35 lbs. Dark red flesh. 85 days.
 2.3g package ( about 25 Seeds ) $2.50
JM133 Crimson Sweet
An attractive light green melon with dark green stripes. About 25 lbs. Firm, deep red flesh.
Available only in Treated Seed.
 700mg pack ( about 15 seeds ) $2.50
SF078 Klondike Blue Ribbon
Since 1908 this prize-winning heirloom is often included in debates for the best tasting heirloom watermelon. Hard to find, produces oblong striped fruit. Averages 9 to 11 lbs, can reach 25 lbs. Perfect for home or gourmet market gardening. 85 days.
 10 Seeds $2.50
Sugar Baby
Most popular ice box melon. One of the sweetest small melons around. Sweet tender, red flesh. Good shipping melon. 6-10 pound fruits. 84 days.

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JM183 Dixie Queen
Dixie Queen watermelons are descended from Cuban Queen, a very old heirloom introduced by Burpee in 1891.
Cuban Queen melons have a long history, once well known as the leading shipping melon in the United States; seed companies marketed this watermelon as reaching weights from 75-100 lbs. Dixie Queen, a slightly smaller melon, has the same sweetness and has been popular in American gardens since before 1935.
 2g pack ( about 25 or more seeds ) $2.50
BM17 Mountain Sweet Yellow
Seeds from SSE. Long, 20-35 pound fruits. Dark yellow flesh and black seeds. Quite productive when grown at Heritage Farm. Very high sugar content. This is the yellow fleshed strain of Mountain Sweet which was so popular in the 1840s in markets throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. 95-100 days.
 10 Seeds $2.95
JM166 Crispy Critter Hybrid
80-83 days. This new hybrid is uniquely different as it averages 7-10 lbs. Extremely firm red flesh and crunchy inside. This melon has a long shelf life and small seeds. Excellent shipper. Tolerant to fusarium wilt.
 10 Seeds $3.95
JM167 Charlene
80-85 days. Charlene is a blocky Charleston Gray type watermelon with seed the size of Charleston Gray. It has a red sweet flesh. The fruit averages 22-25 lbs. It has a tough rind for excellent shipping qualities and is tolerant to Fusarium wilt. It is very productive and produces high percentage of uniform size and shaped fruit.
Available only in Treated Seed.
 10 Seeds $3.95
JM169 Cream of Saskatchewan
82 days. This white heirloom watermelon is from Russia and is well adapted to the New England and northern growing season. The fruits weigh 4-10 lbs and are crisp and sweet. Very different, everyone should try this melon.

 10 Seeds $2.95
JM170 Tendersweet Orange
Rectangular, striped rind, yellow-orange flesh, tender and sweet, 25 lbs, 85 days.
 10 seeds $2.25
JM172 Yellow Doll
F1, really early, icebox type with sweet yellow flesh, 3-5 lb, round, green striped, compact plant, 68 days.
Available only in Treated Seed.
 5 seeds $3.95
JM177 Raspa
80-85 days. A very uniform blocky shape averaging 22 - 24 pounds. The shape allows for a big heart and not unlike its name it's very sweet. Strong vigorous plant provides a good cover to protect the fruit from the sun. Rind is similar to Crimson Sweet and the flesh is firm and dark pink in color.
 10 Seeds $3.95
SF184 Hime Kansen ( Japanese Icebox Watermelon )
This Japanese icebox watermelon is the perfect size to fit in a fridge and has been a specialty for long time in Japan. It has firm dark red flesh and green skin with dark green stripes. It has an extremely thin rind (3/16") and excellent shipping ability. It has a high Brix count of 12.5-13 and weights 5-6 lbs. The fruit has a slightly oblong shape. 90 days.
Package of 5 seeds $2.95
JM190 Sweet Siberian ( Russian Heirloom Watermelon )
Another very old watermelon that originates from Russia. The medium sized dark green fruit average 9-10 lbs and are oblong in shape. The flesh is a beautiful yellow color and is extremely sweet and juicy.
The 1937 McFayden Seed catalogue wrote "Largest of the Early Strains. A very early yellow fleshed variety extensively grown by Russians. It is supposed to have come from Siberia.
The melons are oblong, dark green, borne abundantly on vigorous vines. The flesh is a golden yellow, sweet and delicious. Grown extensively by Hutterite Colonies, who find ready sale for them in many districts of Manitoba. (80 days).
Package of 10 seeds $2.95
JM180 Gold Strike
80 Days. Introducing to you an orange hybrid. Gold Strike has a beautiful orange flesh, darker than Summer Gold and Super Gold. The fruit averages 22 - 24 pounds. The rind has a very distinctive dark stripe. It has an oblong shape with small black seed. Ships, handles and holds better if picked fresh. Very productive.
Available only in Treated Seed.
 10 Seeds $3.95
3455 Golden Pioneer Hybrid ( Asian Watermelon )
This is a watermelon with golden color skin and red flesh inside, newly developed in Asia. Fruits are 5-7 Kg in weight and 11 brix degree in sweetness. Plants are vigorous and start to set flowers/fruits 45 days after transplanting. Watermelon are ready to harvest 50-55 days thereafter. This unique watermelon with golden yellow skin and deep goldern stripes is very attractive and becomes very popular at the fresh markets in Asia.
Available only in Treated Seed.
 5 Seeds $3.95
JM181 Kum Kang San Hybrid ( Korean Watermelon )
Kum Kang San is a popular hybrid watermelon in Korea. Red meat is very sweet, sugar content at 12 brix. Fruits can be harvested in 55-60 days after transplanting.
 5 Seeds $3.95
IM108 Golden Midget
70 days. A beautiful miniature watermelon that weighs around 3 lbs. It's easy to tell when they are ripe as the rind turns a lovely golden yellow when ready for harvest, a very beautiful contrast with the salmon-pink colored flesh. The taste is sweet and refreshing. Very early, matures in just 70 days. Developed by the late Dr. Elwyn Meader, UNH in 1959. Unique.
 10 Seeds $2.95
JM171 Moons and Stars Red
Dark green oval heirloom, sweet pink-red flesh, bright yellow spots on rind, 7-8" dia., 10-15 lbs, 89 days.
 10 seeds $2.25
3263 Moon and Stars Yellow Flesh
Foliage and fruits are spotted with yellow, just like the original Van Doren strain, but have yellow flesh and white seeds. Nice and sweet. Fruits are 18-24" long and weigh 10-16 pounds. 95 days.
 10 Seeds $2.95
1A249 Congo
1950 All-America Selections Winner! 95 days. Citrullus lanatus. Plant produces good yields of 35 lb watermelons. It has very tough rind that will resist bruising. This variety has very delicious sweet red flesh. Suitable for home garden and market growers. Disease Resistant
 20 Seeds $2.25

Seedless Watermelons

This article is excerpted from "Seedless Watermelon Production" by Jerry Parsons, Larry Stein, Tom Longbrake, Sam Cotner, and Jerral Johnson, published by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service.

The seedless watermelon is now a reality. Seedless watermelons--sweet inside but without the numerous seeds found in conventional watermelons--are the ultimate in convenience foods.

Seed Production. The obvious question asked about growing seedless watermelons is: "How does one obtain seed of a seedless watermelon?" Obviously, you cannot save seed from a seedless watermelon. So, where do the seeds come from? Simply stated, the number of chromosomes (the threadlike bodies within cells that contain the inheritance units called genes) in a normal watermelon plant is doubled by the use of the chemical colchicine. Doubling a normal (diploid) watermelon results in a tetraploid plant (one having four sets of chromosomes).
When the tetraploid plant is bred back, or pollinated, by a diploid or normal plant, the resulting seed produces a triploid plant that is basically a "mule" of the plant kingdom, and it produces seedless watermelons. Seed of seedless varieties are available from most major seed companies. General Climatic Requirements. Seedless watermelons are a warm-season crop, preferring relatively high temperatures for optimum growth. Daytime temperatures of 80 to 95 degrees F. and night temperatures of 60 to 70 degrees F. are best. When temperatures are lower, plant growth is slowed considerably. With favorable weather, seeded fields can produce ripe fruit in 85 to 100 days.

Planting: Poor seed germination is the main problem with growing seedless watermelons. When direct seeding, the soil temperature should be minimum of 70 degrees F. at a depth of 4 inches. Soil temperatures below 70 degree F. will reduce germination and emergence. When growing transplants, use 12- to 2-inch seedling cells or peat pellets. Soak the planting medium thoroughly, and let drain 4 to 6 hours before sowing. Plant 1 or 2 seeds per cell or pellet. The greenhouse temperature should be 75 to 85 degrees F. during the germination period. Do not allow the growing medium to become dry, but do not over water during initial germination. Begin watering, as needed, after 10 to 15 percent of the seedlings have emerged. Plants should be ready for transplanting in 3 to 4 weeks. Transplants should have not more than 3 true leaves when set in the field. Use of older, larger transplants can cause slow, stunted growth and poor yields. In-row and between-row spacing is generally 48 X 80 inches.

Pollination. The male and female flowers are born separately on the watermelon plant. Female flowers must be pollinated for fruit to set. Also, cross pollination must occur between a seedless and a regular type watermelon for seedless fruit to be produced. This is best accomplished by planting a standard watermelon variety in the garden. Approximately one-third of the plants in the garden should be of the standard or 'pollinator' variety. Honey bees are the principal insects that pollinate watermelons. Pollination is a must, and poor or partial pollination may result in misshapen fruit and no seedless melons.

Harvesting. The lower side or 'ground spot' of the fruit should be cream-colored or yellowish. Thump fruit to check for ripeness. The result will vary. Generally, a solid sound indicates ripeness, while a sharp echoing sound indicates a greener fruit. The tendril or 'tail' which occurs in the axils of leaves (where the leaf attaches to the vine) along the stem can be used as an indicator of ripeness. Experienced harvesters say that if the 2 tendrils nearest the fruit are dry, the seedless watermelon is ripe. It is important to note that the first few mature melons in the garden may frequently contain small seeds. This condition is most prevalent under stressed conditions, such as low soil moisture, insufficient fertilizer, temperature extremes, or disease pressure, which affect normal plant development. Each planting of seedless watermelons actually produces 3 different types of watermelons -- the regular seeded watermelons (from pollinator plants), the true seedless melons, and a light-green tetraploid melon that produces a very limited number of seeds, from which next year's planting can be made.

SW001 Harvest Moon Seedless
It's going to be a season to remember for watermelon lovers across the country! Harvest Moon Hybrid, the first seedless to ever take All-America Selection honors, is now available for home gardeners.
Harvest Moon is a modern take on the beloved heirloom variety Moon & Stars, with freckles and blotches of yellow on a dark green rind. These melons are a bit smaller at 18 to 20 pounds (about 13 to 15 inches long), and the fruit is a pinkish-tinged red, crisp and juicy. But the biggest difference? Only a couple of seeds in the entire melon on average!
For the home gardener, one of the biggest advantages of Harvest Moon is that the fruit is set on shorter vines. Watermelons can gobble up a lot of garden space, so you'll really appreciate the more compact habit of this vigorous, healthy grower. Plan about 3 to 5 feet per plant, with a yield of 4 to 5 melons. That's about as compact as this giant fruit can get! Of course, you can plant Harvest Moon among all your other melons -- it comes with pollinator seed, so plant the whole packet of seeds in the same general area, and mix in any other melons you may like. Harvest Moon will stay seedless!
Seedless, or triploid, watermelons can be a bit more finicky to germinate than their seeded cousins, so we recommend starting the seed indoors at 85 to 90 degrees F. Once the seedlings have two sets of true leaves and the soil is warm outdoors, transplant them into the garden.
90 days from sowing seed indoors. Pollinator seeds are shipped along with these seeds.
 10 Seeds ( 5 pollinator seeds are shipped along with these ) $7.95

New! Jim's Plant Growth Stimulator for Watermelons.

Jim has developed this product through years of testing on his farms. This natural, environmentally safe solution will produce amazing results, producing vigorous plants and larger fruits. We highly recommend you do you own trial test ( i.e. spray one plant with solution, next to a plant not sprayed with solution over the length of a growing season ) to fully appreciate how effective this product is.
This is a two part water soluble product that should be mixed 14.75cc of each part ( we provide measuring spoon with solution ) to one gallon of water and sprayed onto the foliage of the watermelon leaves. It contains Food Grade H202, ( produced by nature ) Gibberellic Acid ( a natural plant growth hormone ), B1 and other plant vitamins, plant hormones, ( made from natural sources ) micronutrients including Boron (B), Copper (Cu), Iron (Fe), Manganese (Mn), Molybdenum (Mo), Sulfur (S) and Zinc (Zn) plus a natural detergent based "sticker" that makes the product stick to the leaves until absorbed by the plant.
This mix will make 16 gallons of solution.
  JPAG02 Plant Growth Stimulator for Watermelons $15.95