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Sweet Siberian Watermelon

Botanical Name: Citrullus lanatus

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# of seeds per packet: 25

Description

85 days. A wonderful, easy-to-grow golden watermelon. Rind is green, fruits are medium sized and oblong with delectably sweet, juicy flesh. Small, brown seeds. We have been growing it since 2002 - we love its sweet flavor and dependable ripening! Brought to the U.S. around 1900 from the Siberian region of Russia where it was extensively grown. This early watermelon is great for northern growers. Brought back from oblivion by Glenn Drowns, of Sand Hill Preservation Center (Calamus, Iowa), who obtained seeds from the USDA, ARS seedbank in the 1980’s. We hope that you love this watermelon as much as we do.

Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Watermelon is a hot weather crop and needs lots of room to sprawl. Direct sow seeds outdoors once warm summer weather has arrived (minimum soil temp of 65° in early June). Keep seeds moist until germination. Or, start seeds indoors May 7th in small biodegradable pots (watermelons do not like their roots disturbed during transplanting) into a good starting mix. Ideal temperature for germination: 85-95° (use heating mat). Watermelon seedlings are sensitive to damping off fungus so keep soil lightly moist but not too wet and use an oscillating fan (set to low) to provide good air circulation. Days to germination: 4-5. Once 2 leaves appear, grow plants at a cooler temperature (around 72°). Do not let plants become pot-bound in their pots. Transplant seedlings outdoors, pot & all, early June. Protect plants from cucumber beetles by covering seeds/seedlings with row cover fabric at planting. Protect plants from groundhogs and deer. Though this watermelon is a good choice for northern growers, watermelons are a hot weather crop and will perform poorly during a particularly cool summer (if temps are not at least consistently in the 80’s).

 

Harvest:

Check for 3 signs of watermelon ripeness 1) when spot on the bottom of fruit begins to turn from white to yellow 2) the tendril near main stem has turned brown 3) fruit has a hollow sound when knocked or flicked. Do not let fruit over-ripen on the vine.

 

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Watermelons are insect pollinated and will cross with all other watermelon varieties (Citrullus lanatus) within ½ mile (or let the watermelon varieties cross and see what you get!). Minimum population size: 6-25 plants. Always select seeds from the best plants. Rinse and dry seeds from ripe melons.

Seed Stories

Watermelons plants are originally from southern Africa, where many types grow wild. The crop was domesticated by Africans who developed many varieties and landraces. It was cultivated as early as 4,000 years ago in the Nile River Valley in Eygpt. By 900 A.D., the melons had spread to Asia and eventually to Europe. Watermelon seeds were brought to the southern U.S. by Africans during slavery, where they became a popular crop. Before 1900 watermelons were generally not grown in the northern parts of the U.S. Northern watermelon trials were carried out by the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station in 1901 and Sweet Siberian was among the 51 melons trialed. Sweet Siberian was brought to the U.S. around 1900 from the Siberian region of Russia where it was grown widely.

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Description

85 days. A wonderful, easy-to-grow golden watermelon. Rind is green, fruits are medium sized and oblong with delectably sweet, juicy flesh. Small, brown seeds. We have been growing it since 2002 - we love its sweet flavor and dependable ripening! Brought to the U.S. around 1900 from the Siberian region of Russia where it was extensively grown. This early watermelon is great for northern growers. Brought back from oblivion by Glenn Drowns, of Sand Hill Preservation Center (Calamus, Iowa), who obtained seeds from the USDA, ARS seedbank in the 1980’s. We hope that you love this watermelon as much as we do.

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Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Watermelon is a hot weather crop and needs lots of room to sprawl. Direct sow seeds outdoors once warm summer weather has arrived (minimum soil temp of 65° in early June). Keep seeds moist until germination. Or, start seeds indoors May 7th in small biodegradable pots (watermelons do not like their roots disturbed during transplanting) into a good starting mix. Ideal temperature for germination: 85-95° (use heating mat). Watermelon seedlings are sensitive to damping off fungus so keep soil lightly moist but not too wet and use an oscillating fan (set to low) to provide good air circulation. Days to germination: 4-5. Once 2 leaves appear, grow plants at a cooler temperature (around 72°). Do not let plants become pot-bound in their pots. Transplant seedlings outdoors, pot & all, early June. Protect plants from cucumber beetles by covering seeds/seedlings with row cover fabric at planting. Protect plants from groundhogs and deer. Though this watermelon is a good choice for northern growers, watermelons are a hot weather crop and will perform poorly during a particularly cool summer (if temps are not at least consistently in the 80’s).

 

Harvest:

Check for 3 signs of watermelon ripeness 1) when spot on the bottom of fruit begins to turn from white to yellow 2) the tendril near main stem has turned brown 3) fruit has a hollow sound when knocked or flicked. Do not let fruit over-ripen on the vine.

 

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Watermelons are insect pollinated and will cross with all other watermelon varieties (Citrullus lanatus) within ½ mile (or let the watermelon varieties cross and see what you get!). Minimum population size: 6-25 plants. Always select seeds from the best plants. Rinse and dry seeds from ripe melons.

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Seed Stories

Watermelons plants are originally from southern Africa, where many types grow wild. The crop was domesticated by Africans who developed many varieties and landraces. It was cultivated as early as 4,000 years ago in the Nile River Valley in Eygpt. By 900 A.D., the melons had spread to Asia and eventually to Europe. Watermelon seeds were brought to the southern U.S. by Africans during slavery, where they became a popular crop. Before 1900 watermelons were generally not grown in the northern parts of the U.S. Northern watermelon trials were carried out by the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station in 1901 and Sweet Siberian was among the 51 melons trialed. Sweet Siberian was brought to the U.S. around 1900 from the Siberian region of Russia where it was grown widely.

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