I think I have referred to our project to breed a bigger, better "Golden Midget" watermelon here before. This year I finally think we have a fair degree of success.
The above is typical. Our largest yellow melon was just over 2.7 kilos or about 6 pounds. Much, much better than we've ever gotten with Golden Midget. Unfortunately a seed from the orange-flesh project got in with these melons this year so I am a bit nervous about contamination in next years seed. Oh well; another few years sifting it out. Damn.
The orange flesh project is us crossing Orangeglo (said to be an excellent orange fleshed melon, but far too long a season to grow successfully here - we got it ripe enough to produce seed once (only tried once)) with Sweet Siberian, a much smaller and more northern adapted orange fleshed melon, as the name would suggest. We are starting to get moderately consistent results here too. You can read more about this at the blog:
richardw, yes! It's as good as I was hoping might be possible. The trouble with the golden-when-ripe gene is that it affects the whole plant. The whole plant turns yellow (and dies) as the melons ripen. Therefore I was afraid that the melons would never be very big. Nobody's looking for a 40-pounder (in any melon, these days) but this is large enough to be quite satisfactory.
Awesome blog post! Made me realize i need to still take photos of mine this year!
I had an interesting pale rind watermelon grow big out of nowhere fast recently in the top citron patch! I wonder what it is. I suspect it might be one of the edible domestic types that i mixed in. Hope to check the patch today.
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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