I am from Ankara, Turkey. I found the forum while searching for watermelon breeding projects. We are in high elevation with cool nights but dry hot daytime temperatures. We have close to 4 months of frost free days usually free of diseases with minimal prevention. I am very interested in plant breeding but never actualy find the time to do it. I like trying new varities all the time. I especially like growing corn, cucumber, tomato and watermelon. This year I will try 25 watermelon varities mostly Russian origin. I have no problem growing good looking watermelons but either to much watering or low nightime temperatures they usually taste bland. I have tried many watermelon cultivars with high brix value such as mickylee, early moonbeam, blacktail mountain. I hope to learn a lot from you.
Post by philagardener on May 17, 2018 17:49:49 GMT -5
Welcome, atilgan ! Glad to hear about your efforts! You should get a lot of natural hybrids in your field of many varieties just be insect cross-pollination so by collecting seeds from the best watermelons you will have a breeding project going with very little effort!
Post by keen101 (Biolumo / Andrew B.) on May 17, 2018 23:02:14 GMT -5
Welcome! I am interested to know what russian watermelons you are using. I have added a few russian varieties to my mix this year. The most important one being "Kholodok" being added to my mix of F1 [citron melon x watermelon] hybrids. I will edit this post to reflect the other russian watermelon seeds i was sent.
These were the ones that were sent me by a nice fella from Belarus.
They are from Russian seed companies . Unfortunately there were no history information on the seed envelopes. Here is the list kholodok, siberian lights, shustrik, samurai, ruby heart, giant honey, rafinad, atamansky, astrahansky, gift of sun, solntsedar, ogonyok, coral, precicious sugar, miracle berry, ultra early.
These two are the ones that are the most interesting to me this year in regards to breeding for "winter" watermelons, or storage watermelons. Kholodok was mentioned on another forum with the following picture and the photo really stuck out to me as having the distinctive pattern found in long storing citron melons. It also had the description of being 3-4 months before ripening to best flavor, also significant to citron melons.
P.s. this forum is old, and the admin lost, so to post pictures you need to link externally to a photo host website, blog, or personal website link. I use Flickr mostly, but sometimes wordpress from my blog.
The variety lezheboka also says stores for 3 months.
You may want to visit my other thread on my citron watermelon hybrids.
Hello Atilgan. I once traveled through Central Turkey (area near Cappadocia) and I was quite impressed by the gardens I saw in seemingly arid, inhospitable places. People used all kinds of tricks to conserve water and nighttime heat, mostly using big rocks and sunken beds. And grapes, delicious grapes everywhere! (It was in September).
Welcome to the forum!
Growing in a coastal zone 7a in the Northern Hemisphere. Hot humid summers and cold snowy winters. Plenty of rain. Sandy loam topsoil over clay subsoil, whatever the glacier left behind when it made Long Island.