Harvest melon, even in the middle lane!
In the photographs below, you see the SeDeK variety testing site in the Moscow region. In August, it becomes a “magnet” for many television channels who want to make sure that watermelons can really be grown in our zone, and not just in the southern regions!
And it is really possible. On one plant in August we get up to 2 large watermelons and another 2-3 ripening. And we experience different watermelons - many gardeners know that we have a fairly wide range.
We provide an overview of the varieties, which will help you better understand the variety.
One of the successful and popular series is the series "Beijing joy F1" (Peasant, Farmer, Lezhka, Delicacy, as well as Great Beijing joy F1). Even if some watermelon does not fully ripen, he manages to collect sugar well and this makes it very sweet.
Another group is the so-called Crimson series: Crimson Sweet, Krimglob F1, Krimbig F1, Krimlong F1. The answer lies in the names. Sweet is sweet (Crimson Sweet is the flagship of this series, the most famous variety that reflects the characteristics of the other varieties, they are all very sweet). Globe - round (fruits have rounded fruits weighing 8-12 kg). Big - large (oval fruits, weighing 14-16 kg!). Long - long (strongly elongated fruits, also weighing up to 16 kg). The last 2 varieties due to their size may need more time until fully ripened. All varieties of the Crimson series have a rather thick peel, due to which they lie longer both on the melon and during storage and transportation. Therefore, agricultural producers love them, for whom the high quality of their goods is the main criterion for choosing a variety.
The new variety from the Openwork series belongs to the same type: Openwork Suite F1. From the plant we collect up to 24-28 fruits weighing 8-12 kg (your results largely depend on the weather and season!). Plant Azhur, and everything will be in Azhur!
But the watermelons of the "Prince" series you definitely will not find on the market counter. it Prince Hamlet F1, Prince Harry F1, Prince Charles F1, Prince Albert F1, Prince Arthur F1. This is a group of precocious, very sweet watermelons. They are especially suitable for cultivation in areas of unsustainable farming, even in open ground. They are so precocious that they need to be literally “caught” in the garden bed and immediately sent to the table until the crows have finished with them. But this “hunt is worth it - the taste is really very good!” The most attention on the melon is attracted to the yellow watermelon Prince Albert F1, outwardly almost indistinguishable from melon. And the varieties Prince Harry F1 and Prince Hamlet F1 do have yellow flesh at all!
Have you ever grown watermelons with a dark green peel without stripes? These include varieties Sugar baby, Suga Baby, Coral. All of them are early, thin-bodied and ultra-early (from seedlings to fruit ripening 65-80 days), small size (only up to 3 kg) and very sweet (the names of the first two varieties also speak about this).
From kids we’ll go straight to the giant - this Honey giant. It has an elongated shape and a very light, gray-green color of the bark with a very interesting “marble” pattern. Each plant gives up to 25-30 kg of fruit. And fruits in length can reach 50-60 cm! Again, a lot depends on your growing conditions.
Briefly about growing watermelons
- Sowing seeds for seedlings: II decade of May (we sow immediately in separate containers, watermelons do not tolerate picking. Consider the sowing period individually for your region).
- The emergence of seedlings: after 5-6 days.
- Seedling age for planting in the ground: 30-35 days
- Landing: (II decade of June, since the threat of freezing frost in the suburbs disappears after June 5-10).
- Landing pattern: 1.5 x 1.5 m.
You must choose an open, unshaded place. We grow watermelons on the southern slope. The wells are preliminarily watered abundantly with water, we introduce a little complex fertilizer. After planting, sprinkle the plants to the root neck and no longer water it so that the soil is loose. Temporarily (for about 2 weeks) we cover the landing with non-woven material (so that the plants take root better, and to protect them from birds). It is convenient to cover each plant separately - put plastic pegs (or something else) around the plant and fix non-woven material on them (you will get a separate “house” for each plant that will not “lie” on seedlings, but will only protect it .
Regular watering (2 times a week), loosening (once every 2 weeks), top dressing with a completely soluble complex fertilizer (once every 2 weeks).
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