Perfect for those hot Texas summers. Especially, in rich sandy soil. Hempstead, Texas and the surrounding area is famous for Texas size watermelons. This is one of the best heirloom watermelon seed varieties for Texas.
From a nutritional standpoint the leaves are the most important part. They are rich in vitamins A, C, E, B6 and K folate, chlorophyll and some important phytochemicals (including isothiocyanates). They are also an excellent source of the minerals calcium, copper and manganese. In addition, turnip greens are an excellent source of dietary fiber.
The roots contain vitamin C, complex carbohydrates, soluble fiber, lysine and tryptophan.
Spacing: 36″ – 60″
Height: 8′′ – 10′′
Optimum Soil pH: 6 to 7
Days To Maturity: 85 -95
Sowing Method: Outdoors
In warmer climates, can be direct sown 1” deep once soil is above 75. For cooler climates, start seedlings 2-3 weeks before last frost and place in final spacing of 3-4ft. on 6 ft. rows. Loose, fertile soil in full sun will ensure a good crop. For sweeter melons, reduce watering in the last month before harvest.
For Best Eating: Water until the fruits are about the size of a tennis ball then only water if the plant totally dry. The best tasting organic melons are concentrated in flavor because they are not over-watered.