Rare Kleckley Sweet Watermelon Seeds Non-GMO, Organic, Heirloom B10

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Kleckley's Sweet was also called "Monte Cristo" watermelon or "The Wonder Melon". Touted in many catalogs as "The finest and sweetest melon for home use." Kleckley's oblong fruits can reach 25-40 pounds. This watermelon produces a thin, green rind, red flesh and white seeds.

Count: 10
Latin Name: Citrullus lanatus

Botanical Name Citrullus lanatus Plant Type Annual Mature Size vines can be 20 ft. long Sun Exposure Full Soil Type Loamy, Sandy, Moist but Well-drained Soil pH Acidic, Neutral Bloom Time Summer Flower Color Yellow Hardiness Zones 3-9, USA Native Area North America

Days to Maturity: 90 Days - Annual Crop - Not Intended to Over-winter - All Zones in the U.S.A Germination Rate: High " Open Pollinated Seed Quality: Non-GMO - Heirloom - Premium Seeds

This melon was bred in 1887 by W.A. Kleckley who resided in Alabama. Some say it was Burpee who introduced this watermelon in 1887. Others say the Robert Buist Seed Co. released Kleckey's Sweet. At this point it doesn't matter because Kleckey's Sweet has become an American favorite and sort of a legend in the watermelon world. Why? The lip-smacking sweet flavor of course. Not a good shipper because of the thin skin, but perfect for the home garden. This is what makes heirlooms so unique. You are not going to get this flavor from your local big-box super chain!

Prefers warm to hot weather and full sun, like most watermelons. Typically produces melons around the 22-pound range. Striped green husk with sweet flesh that is red with an orange tint. Attractive to bees and butterflies. Direct sow, and harvest at approximately 88 days.

88 Days Citrullus lanatus. Fresh seeds are more durable and can tolerate different climates. However, be sure to allow your heirloom melons to soak up the summer sun, as all successful watermelon crops thrive in the heat. Watermelons are also packed with rich antioxidants such as lycopene. High Yielding variety.

Plants are resistant to anthracnose 2, fusarium wilt and gummy stem blight.

GARDEN HINTS: For early fruiting and to overcome a short growing season, plants may be started indoors in peat pots. Water during hot, dry periods.


Growing Tips: Direct seed, or set out indoor-started transplants after last frost date when really warm weather has arrived. Needs rich soil (amend with compost) and plenty of moisture.

Sowing & Growing: Sow Watermelon seeds in pots, 4-6 before your region"s final frost. Plant non-GMO watermelon seeds 1" deep in quart containers and in potting soil that is well-drained. Germination will take 3-10 days. Place seedlings in a sunny location and keep soil moist. Once the young watermelon sprouts have developed their first set of true leaves, transplant to their permanent home. To grow Watermelons on your deck, plant 3 seeds per quart pot and later thin down to your strongest 1-2, as this bush variety won"t spread like other watermelons and produces 2-3 melons per plant. Use a fertile soil that is well-draining and has a pH level of 6.0-7.0. Directly sow seeds once your region has remained warm and at least 70ž°. Place in a location where the watermelons will receive plenty of heat and plant in raised hills. Sow Watermelon seeds 1" deep, 1-2" apart and with 5-6" spaced in between hills. Water regularly until you see fruit begin to produce on the vines, then ease up on watering to help the summer conditions ripen your watermelon crop. It"s recommended to use row covers in order to protect the Watermelon plants outdoors.

Harvesting: You can harvest your non-GMO Watermelon seeds around 90 days from the sowing date or once the underside of the fruit has turned a yellow color and is depleted of a green-colored stem. Wait for the main vine and coils attached near the stem to dry out. Unlike other melon varieties such as cantaloupe, watermelons won"t fall off the primary spreading vine by themselves. Harvest your ripe heirloom watermelon crop with gardening shears by cutting the fruit near the stem. Rinse off your Watermelons and soak up all their bright and diverse recipes. The fresh fruit of Watermelon offers a variety of flavor when paired with something savory or mixed in a salad. Some adventurous gardeners even pepper their watermelon with chili powder or salt!

Facts: This Citrullus lanatus variety is easy to carry as a picnic-sized melon. Watermelons are not only rich in lycopene, they produce high amounts of vitamin C!

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