Crimson Sweet Watermelon Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

4 out of 5 stars
(2 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
Watermelon—the word brings to mind the long, lazy days of summer, picnics, and barbecues. 'Crimson Sweet' is a high-quality old standard of home gardens, weighing about 20–25 pounds with bright crimson flesh. With just a little care, it can be easily grown in northern climates; see inside of packet for details. Bottom turns ivory when ripe. Resistant to Fusarium wilt and anthracnose.
$2.49 1.5 grams (~34 seeds)

Botanical Name: Citrullus lanatus

Days to Maturity: 85 days

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Native: Africa

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 6'–10' vines

Variety Information: 'Crimson Sweet' produces 12"x10", 20–25 pound fruit with brilliant red, crisp, very sweet flesh. The rind is medium green with dark green striping. Resistant to Fusarium wilt and anthracnose.

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is 70°–90°F.

When to Start Inside: Not recommended except in very short growing seasons, 2 to 4 weeks before transplanting. Roots are sensitive to disturbance; sow in biodegradable pots that can be planted directly into the ground. Transplant when soil temperature is at least 60°F.

Days to Emerge: 5–10 days

Seed Depth: ½"

Seed Spacing: 2–3 seeds per mound

Row Spacing: 4'–6' apart

Thinning: When 3 leaves, thin to 1 plant per mound

Harvesting: It can be tricky to know exactly when a watermelon is ripe and ready to pick. First, know the number of "days to harvest" and begin checking fruits as harvest date draws closer. Signs to look for are: (1) the bottom of the melon (where it lies on the soil) turns from light green to a yellowish color; (2) the surface color of the fruit turns dull; (3) the skin becomes resistant to penetration by the thumbnail and is rough to the touch; and (4) light green, curly tendril on the stem near the point of attachment of the melon is brown and dry. All of these indicators may not necessarily occur at the same time.

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Crimson Sweet Watermelon Seeds Reviews

2 reviews

Struggled in the hot summer

3 out of 5 stars Aug 18, 2022
This was my first time growing watermelons so I have no other experience to compare. The plants survived an extremely long and hot summer. I had 2 plants and they each were only able to support 1 fruit. The fruits were smaller than what is described as typical for this variety, around 10ish lbs. Flavor was okay. Aphids took over as well. It was a tough year for watermelons. I will try again next year and hopefully have better results.
Lyndsey from TX
Owner Response: Hi Lyndsey, Thank you for sharing your experience with us! Watermelons are quite heavy feeders and benefit from additional fertilization. Use a slow-release, balanced fertilizer at sowing time and then once the flowers form, cut back on nitrogen and use a liquid fertilizer that is high in phosphorus and potassium. We here to help you along your gardening journey! Feel free to reach out to our horticulturist with any questions. For tips and tricks for next years watermelon crop, follow this link to our Watermelon: Sow and Grow Guide - https://www.botanicalinterests.com/product/Watermelon-Sow-and-Grow-Guide

Love This Melon

5 out of 5 stars Aug 31, 2022
This is the 3rd year I have grown this watermelon. I love it. Last year and this year, I had to hand pollinate the flowers. I have 2 plants and 1 melon on each. I am happy with that. I started the seeds indoors and planted them out May 31st. I also grew plants for my grand niece (she is 6 years old) and my daughter. All are pleased with the watermelons.
Carolyn from MI

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