Hello, Attached is a listing of the watermelons I have with a very short description of some characteristics. I really like watermelon so if you see that you have something I haven't tried yet let me know. Also if you see something you would like to try let me know. Thanks Jonny
Post by woodsygardener on Sept 2, 2010 14:11:23 GMT -5
Of the 2 dozen watermelons I've tried in my woodland garden, Hopi Red (from Native Seed SEARCH) is the most vigorous and productive. I just dried the seed from 3 melons from 3 vines, each with different skin markings, all red inside.
I'd be interested in Strawberry and Hime Kansen if you still have them.
Have you tried Illiniwek? I keep hearing rave reviews about it:
Here's the USDA info:
Citrullus lanatus var. lanatus CUCURBITACEAE
Local name: Illiniwek Red Seeded Watermelon. Donated from: Illinois , United States Maintained by the Southern Regional PI Station. NPGS received: 25-May-1999. PI assigned: 1999. Inventory volume: 208. Life form: Annual. Form received: Seed. Accession backed up at second site. Accession names and identifiers
Illiniwek Red Seeded Watermelon
Type: SITE. Group: AMES . Comment: NC-7 Research Numbers. Availability
Material is available for distribution. The normal amount distributed is 25 seeds
I tried to grow Illiniwek this year. I planted 10 seeds. 50% of the seeds did not germinate. The other 5 were slow growers. Eventually I got some female flowers and finally one small watermelon which was destroyed by a pheasant while less than two inches long. So, it may be a very tasty watermelon (I still don't know) but I am not impressed by its vigor and productivity.