Watermelon, All Sweet (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO)
- Plant produces good yields of 25 lb watermelons.
- Has bright red flesh
- Perfect for making Watermelon Candy (see how to here)
- Extremely flavorful and extra sweet with a tough rind (helps keep it fruit from bruising)
- Perfect variety for any sized home garden (even market growers)
Day to Maturity | 90 days
Best Months to Plant | [April - June] Watermelons are heat-loving plants that need lots of sun. They grow on a long vine, so make sure to give them plenty of space to roam around.
Where do Seedless Watermelons come from?
When a run-of-the-mill watermelon and a souped-up frankenmelon love each other very much, they come together and make a baby seedless wundermelon.
Seedless watermelons are a lot like mules – sterile hybrids formed by crossing genetically incompatible parents. Normal, seeded watermelons are diploid (have 2 sets of chromosomes) just like us, with one set from mom and one from dad. When the two combine, their seeds grow into a plant that looks like a combination of its parents. Just like us.
But sometimes farmers treat some of their watermelons with colchicine, a chemical that allows chromosomes to duplicate but prevents them from splitting into two cells. This creates a tetraploid – a super-squash with four complete sets of chromosomes. The fruit isn’t genetically modified; cells contain the same DNA as standard melons – just twice as many.
Next, the farmer introduces this new tetraploid watermelon to a regular melon. If they hit it off, they’ll produce a triploid melon with 3 sets of chromosomes. This offspring will grow up to be a normal looking vine that produces flowers and fruit. But when it tries to reproduce, the chromosomes can’t divide properly. This means that real seeds never develop.