The problem is that some of the alleged storage melons only store well under specific conditions. I have grown King and Queens. It didn't store well at all. Additionally it wasn't vigorous and wasn't a very tasty watermelon either. I've talked to others who had better experiences with it, so I suspect it's success is very dependent on particular growing conditions.
Here's a list of winter watermelons (most of which I've grown):
- Black-seeded Ice Cream - King and Queen Winter - King Winter - Navajo Red (AKA Navajo Red-seeded) - Navajo Winter - Santo Domingo Brown Seeded - Santo Domingo Dark Green - Santo Domingo Winter - Wintermelon (not to be confused with the wax gourd) - Winter Queen
If I were to recommend one to general audiences, I'd probably recommend Santo Domingo Dark Green, since it gets decently large, long fruit, is tasty, and is fairly early. Plus, it has plenty of seeds, making it easy to grow again (they are a bit big, though).
Navajo Winter probably stores the best of the ones I've grown (as far as I've tested).
keen101 (Biolumo / Andrew B.): Looking for Goldini Zucchini again. Thinking of setting up my own seed shop for OSSI varieties in the future.
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gratefulseedsaver: I have Goldini seeds. email@example.com
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wilscase: Hello all. My name is Casey Wilson. I'
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wilscase: I'm a graduate student at Oregon State and have been working with populations segrgating for different color genes such as the B gene in Cucurbita. I'm curious if anyone has experience with crosses in Cucurbita maxima between grey blue types and orange?
Oct 18, 2022 21:33:14 GMT -5
wilscase: I have been backcrossing to the grey parent for 4 generations and have finally selfed the heterozygotes (for the Bmax gene) the populations have segregated for diffuse bicolor (pink/blue, orange green), blue green, blue, green, pink (salmon) and orange
Oct 18, 2022 21:36:29 GMT -5
wilscase: The genes involved are Bmax and bl. I have observed that Bmax is incompletely dominant to wild type (green). I have read that bl is incompletely recessive to Bl(wild type). I'm curious if anyone else has observed the behavior of Bmax in a grey/blue type
Oct 18, 2022 21:38:28 GMT -5
wilscase: It appears that bl and Bmax are interacting to produce different shades of salmon and pink.
Oct 18, 2022 21:38:52 GMT -5
wilscase: I'm also interested in any other color genetics, especially the relationships between B and L genes. In the right background these genes can dramatically increase Carotenoids (vitamin A)
Oct 18, 2022 21:40:09 GMT -5
wilscase: I have lots of germplasm and would love to exchange anything that people are interested in
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