[Market-farming] Seedless Watermelon

Kelly Saxer kellysaxer at hotmail.com
Mon Feb 16 21:17:08 EST 2009

Thanks, Bill and Willie for the seedless watermelon advice.

Take care,

Kelly Saxer

Desert Roots Farm

(602) 751-0655

kellysaxer at hotmail.com

> From: wshoemak at illinois.edu
> To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
> Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2009 20:03:07 -0600
> Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Seedless Watermelon
> Willie gives good advice. Also important, make sure you have pollenizers (bees) actively working your vines to make sure you get sufficient pollination in your seedless varieties.
> If you try growing transplants, another caution. Once you've seeded the trays and watered them thoroughly, don't water again until the seedlings begin to emerge. They really suffer when overwatered. Keep them warm, but not excessively hot. They are very sensitive as germinating seeds. But once they're up and growing, you can treat them like any other watermelon.
> Bill
> >I've never had any trouble using "just any" pollinator.  Just make sure 
> >you choose one that has a very different appearance.  I like to use 
> >"Desert King" mainly because it is so resistant to sun burn and is 
> >solid light green.
> >
> >-- 
> >Willie, ONWARD!  Through the fog!
> William H Shoemaker, UI-NRES
> Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
> St Charles Horticulture Research Center
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