Heirloom Organic Sweet Dakota Rose Watermelon Seeds
Citrullus lanatus (80-90 days) Over 30 years ago David Podoll crossed a small early maturing variety (Early Canada) with a large, southern shipping variety (Black Diamond) to create this medium-sized 15-20 lb delight. After decades of selection, it is well adaptable to cool, short seasons and fluctuating weather conditions, making it easier for you to successfully grow. It has been called one of the sweetest, open-pollinated watermelons and has few, small seeds. With a thin but firm skin, it handles and stores well.
Sweet Dakota Rose Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus)- This deliciously sweet, medium-sized watermelon with bright red flesh and few seeds was developed by North Dakota farmer David Podoll to grow in cool, short season climates. One of the most reliable, best tasting, open-pollinated varieties out there.
HOW TO GROW WATERMELON
Start indoors 3–4 weeks before last frost, plant out 2 weeks after last frost. Direct seed every 18” when soil is 70˚F. Store at 45˚F. Optimal temperature for plant growth is between 80-95˚F with nighttime temperatures above 70˚F. Water transplants more early on, sparingly as plants mature. Mulch to prevent weed competition. One beehive is suggested per acre for seedless varieties. The most commonly used signs of fruit maturity is to check if the tendril bearing the fruit has dried and withered or if the ground spot has turned a warm yellowish cream color. A number of seed growers give watermelon seed a 1 to 2 day fermentation period which helps free the seed from all endocarp material. Soil pH 6.5-7.5. Hardiness zones 4-9. Annual.
Days from maturity calculated from the date of seeding. Average 625–875 seeds per ounce. Average 15M seeds per acre. Federal germination standard: 70%. Usual seed life: 6 years. Isolation distance for seed saving: 1/2 mile.
Planting Depth 1/2-1”
Soil Temp. Germ. 70-95˚F
Days to Germ. 3-8
Plant Spacing 2-3’
Row Spacing 6’
Days To Maturity 80–90
Full Sun, Moist Well Drained
Sweet Dakota Rose is well adaptable to cool, short seasons and fluctuating weather conditions. Developed by David and Theresa Podoll to grow in cool, short season climates, good for high altitude and northern climates. It has been called one of the sweetest, open-pollinated watermelons and has few, small seeds.
Days to maturity: 85