It took years of intensive breeding and selection to produce one of the world's largest watermelons but here it is! Carolina Cross Watermelons are delicious melons that have a thick rind and are very sweet when properly fertilized. We're including some tips for growing this whopper of a melon.
Here is a picture of Bill Carson with his Guiness Book of World Records watermelon weighing in at 262 pounds. Bill says its easy to grow a 200+ pound watermelon. He has produced 7 in his back yard plot that average 231 pounds.
: Plant after danger of frost in hills 6 to 8 feet apart. Plant seed not over one inch deep 4 to 6 to the hill, pressing soil firmly over them. When plants are well established thin to 2 to each hill. Seed can also be started indoors for an earlier harvest.
These items are useful when starting seeds indoors for transplanting:
Jiffy-7 Peat Pellets
Peat Pots, 2 1/4" round
Peat Pots, 3" round
3" square pots
4 1/2" round pots
For protecting your transplants against late, unexpected frosts choose between Hotkaps plant protectors and Wall O' Water plant protectors.
Everything you need to get your plants off to a great start!
|Plant Lighting:||Full Sun|
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|Botanical Name:||Citrullus lanatus|
|Additional Characteristics:||Grow 200+ pound watermelons!|