Yellow Watermelons – How To Grow Yellow Crimson Watermelon Plants

Yellow Watermelons – How To Grow Yellow Crimson Watermelon Plants

By: Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Few things are as refreshing on a hot summer day than the juicy fruit of fresh from the garden watermelon. Homegrown watermelon can be served in fresh cut balls, slices or chunks, and added to fruit salads, sorbets, smoothies, slushies, cocktails, or soaked in spirits. Summer melon dishes can delight the eye, as well as our taste buds, when different colorful varieties are used.

Yellow watermelons can be used with or as a substitute for pink and red watermelons, for fun summer treats or cocktails. This summer, if you feel like getting adventurous in the garden and kitchen, you may enjoy growing a Yellow Crimson watermelon plant, or two.

Yellow Crimson Watermelon Info

Yellowwatermelons are not a new hybrid fad by any means. In fact,watermelon varieties with white or yellow flesh have been around longer thanpink or red-fleshed watermelons. Yellow watermelons are believed to haveoriginated in South Africa, but have been so widely cultivated for so long thattheir exact native range is not known. Today, the most common variety of yellowwatermelon is the heirloom plant Yellow Crimson.

Yellow Crimson watermelon closely resembles the popular redvariety, CrimsonSweet watermelon. Yellow Crimson bears medium to large 20-lb fruitswith a hard, dark green, striped rind and sweet, juicy yellow flesh inside. Theseeds are large and black. Yellow Crimson watermelon plants grow to only about6-12 inches (12-30 cm.) tall but will spread about 5-6 feet (1.5 to 1.8 m.).

How to Grow Yellow Crimson Watermelon

When growing a Yellow Crimson watermelon, plant in goodgarden soil in a site with full sun. Watermelons and other melons can besusceptible to many fungal problems when located in poorly draining soil orinadequate sunlight.

Plant seeds or young watermelon plants in hills that arespaced 60-70 inches (1.5 to 1.8) apart, with only 2-3 plants per hill. YellowCrimson seeds will mature in approximately 80 days, providing an early harvestof fresh summer watermelons.

Like its counterpart, Crimson Sweet, Yellow Crimson meloncare is easy and plants are said to produce high yields throughout mid to latesummer.

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Growing Instructions

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The sprawling plant is fun to grow for families. Planting watermelons from seeds allows gardeners to handpick which sort of fruit they want, as watermelon comes in seedless, different colors, large and small varieties. Seedless is one of the more common plants, and although the fruit is not completely seed free, the seeds are small, transparent and edible.

Before Planting: A light, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.5–7.5 and a southern exposure is ideal. Sow seeds outdoors after last frost is expect and soil temperatures are above 70°F. Triploid (Seedless) watermelon varieties need to be grown with Diploid (Seed) watermelon varieties for fertilization. Sugar Baby is good selection for a diploid fertilizer.

Planting: For direct seeding, sow 1–2 weeks after last frost when soil is warm, above 70°F, 3 seeds every 18–36″, 1″ deep. Thin to 1 plant per location when seedlings have first true leaves. If transplanting, sow 2-3 seeds, 1″ deep in a 2″ peat pot 2-4 weeks before last frost date (no sooner!). Germinate at 80°F then reduce to a constant 75°F). Keep well watered until 1 week before placing outdoors. Reduce water and temperature for a week to harden seedlings. Transplant 2–3′ apart in rows 6–8′ apart. Even hardened watermelon seedlings are tender! Do not disturb roots when transplanting, and water thoroughly.

Watering: When they are younger, watermelon plants require lots up water, up to 2 inches per week. If your able try not to water the fruits 1 week before harvest as over-watering can cause bland fruit.

Fertilizer: Prior to planting, amend soil with compost and a higher nitrogen fertilizer. Once vines begin to ramble, side dress plants with a 5-10-5 fertilizer and again once the melons are set.

Days to Maturity: There are 2 good ways to tell when a watermelon is ripe: 1) the tendril nearest the point on the vine where fruit stem attaches is browning/dead. 2) the spot where the fruit rests on the ground is pale yellow. (See each variety for days to maturity)

Harvesting: Once a watermelon is picked, it doesn’t ripen any further. To harvest, take a knife and cut
the watermelon from the plant, cutting the stem close to the fruit. Hold at 40-50°F and 85% relative humidity for 2–3 weeks. It is suggested to chill the watermelon prior to serving.

Tips: Pruning the plant is not necessary, but it may direct more energy to growing the fruits. If you choose to prune,
remove the small vines that grow laterally. To prevent rotting, gently lift the fruit as it gets bigger and turn it.

AVG. Direct Seeding Rate: 1 oz./340′, 1,000 seeds/500′, 3 oz./1,000′, 1⅓ lb./acre at 3 seeds every 18″, in rows 6′ apart.

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This early producing, open-pollinated, yellow-flesh, ‘crimson type’ (round striped melon) heirloom is the much-loved older sister of the red-fleshed “Crimson Sweet” watermelon. Produces good yields of 24-pound melons with large black seeds. Golden-yellow flesh is extremely sweet and juicy.

To grow larger melons, break off the end of the vine after fruit begins to grow. Flowers are not nutritionally attractive to honeybees pull nearby undesirable blooming plants to prevent distracting bees.

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Planting and Care for Watermelons

Prepare the soil by forming planting mounds about 12 inches square and 3 inches high to improve drainage. Plant seeds or already-germinated seedlings after all danger of frost is past and when the soil is warm. If direct seeding, plant two seeds 1 inch deep in each mound then thin to one plant after the seedlings have at least two leaves. Fine Gardening reports that they germinate best in 70 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, and the seeds take about four to six days to emerge.

When the plants are young, they are susceptible to cucumber beetles and squash bugs, which can damage new leaves and spread bacterial wilt. Watermelons also can get gummy stem blight, which causes stem end rot and leaf spotting. It also makes the fruit rot, according to University of Arkansas Extension.

It can be hard to tell when your watermelons are ready to harvest. One clue is if the curly tendril nearest the point where the fruit attaches to the stem turns brown. Fine Gardening suggests turning the fruit over to peer at its underside. It should be a creamy white for seeded varieties, which Crimson Sweet is. In addition, the shiny green color should fade somewhat to become a little dull.

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