Watermelon Moon & Stars Organic HEIRLOOM Seeds

Watermelon Moon & Stars Organic HEIRLOOM Seeds

Citrullus lanatus

Item #3015

85 days. Moon & Stars’ mysterious color patterns are caused by the plant’s genes. The rind is deep green, speckled with tiny yellow “stars” and one or more larger yellow “moons;” the foliage is speckled as well. Fruits are 25–40 lbs., and about 15" long. The sweet, pink/red flesh has old-fashioned watermelon flavor. Large seeds makes Moon & Stars a true, summertime eat and spit watermelon. Resistant to fusarium wilt and anthracnose.

This packet sows 4 mounds.

Days to Emerge:
5-10 days

Seed Depth:

Seed Spacing:
3 seeds per mound

Mound Spacing:
4'-6' apart

When 4” vines, thin to 1 per mound

When to sow outside: Recommended only for USDA zone 8 or warmer: 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F.

When to start inside: Recommended for USDA zones 7 or colder: 4 to 6 weeks before average last frost. Watermelon seedlings do not transplant well; if starting indoors, sow into paper or pulp pots that can be directly planted in the ground.

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 tendrils on the stem near the point of attachment of the melon start to yellow and turn brown. All of these indicators may not necessarily occur at the same time.

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