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Organic Watermelon Seeds::Organic Baby Doll F1 Hybrid Watermelon

Organic Baby Doll F1 Hybrid Watermelon  Organic Baby Doll F1 Hybrid Watermelon - Yellow icebox type. Early maturing melons are slightly oval in shape with medium and dark green stripes. Fantastic bright yellow flesh with small brown seeds. Its sweet, crisp flavor topped our taste tests. Fruits are very uniform and productive, weighing 10-15 lbs each. Harvest promptly as fruit has a tendency to split when ripe in the field. Excellent variety for direct markets or shipping. (Citrullus lanatus)

Days to maturity: 75 days
SKU Description Our price
3199A 10 seeds $2.75
3199B 50 seeds $7.40
3199C 100 seeds $10.50
3199D 500 seeds $33.60
3199M001 1 M $47.30

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Organic Watermelon Comparison Chart

Item Code Variety Name Heirloom Days to Maturity Rind Color Flesh Color Shape Weight Standout Characteristics
3198 Golden Midget   70 days yellow salmon round 4-5 lbs juicy, sweet, black seeds, harvest promptly, fruits prone to splitting in field, good for home gardeners
3199 Baby Doll F1   75 days green stripes yellow round 10-15 lbs icebox type, sweet and crisp, great flavor, uniform fruit, heavy yielding, small seeds, harvest promptly, fruits prone to splitting in field, good for shipping
3200 Sugar Baby   75 days dark green red round 6-12 lbs great for cool and short seasons, reliably high yields, sweet and juicy, good resistance to drought
3196 Blacktail Mountain   76 days dark green orange-red round 6-10 lbs great for cool and short seasons, heavy yielding, icebox type, crisp and sweet, vines up to 10', harvest just before ripe to finish in storage, will keep 2 months
3230 Triple Crown F1   82 days green stripes red oval 15-18 lbs seedless (interplant included diploid seeds every 3-5 plants), sweet, fine-grained
3205 Crimson Sweet   85 days green stripes pink oblong 15-25 lbs classic, good quality, reliable yields
3201 OrangeGlo   90 days green stripes orange oblong 20-30 lbs very sweet and crisp flesh, flavorful, good yields, thin outer shell
3202 Yellow Moon & Stars X 90 days green with yellow yellow oblong 10-15 lbs sweet, white seeds, unique appearance
3195 Moon & Stars X 95-100 days green with yellow red oblong 10-15 lbs sweet flavor, unique appearance, spotted foliage, needs hot temperatures to set fruit
3207 Ali Baba X 100 days light green pink oblong 16-25 lbs sweet and tasty flavor, fine-grained texture, few seeds, vigorous plants, good for shipping and storage

Organic Watermelons - Growing and Seed Saving Info

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Watermelons
Watermelons (Citrullus lanatus) are warm season tender annuals in the Cucurbitiacea family, which includes cucumbers, summer squash and winter squash, and gourds
Soil and Nutrient Requirements
Sandy or light textured soils that warm easily in the spring are desirable. Melons are heavy feeders. Give 80-120 lbs of N per acre. Calcium deficiency can lead to blossom end rot, especially when adequate moisture is not available.  Use dolomitic limestone.
Position
Full Sun
Seeding Depth
½”
Plant Spacing
Plant spacing: 12-18";
Row Spacing
6’ row centers.
When to Sow
Days to maturity are from transplanting, add 10-14 days if direct seeding.
Other Info
Plastic mulch and floating row cover are used to increase soil and air temperatures as well as ward off insects, especially cucumber beetles.
Frost Tolerant
No
Drought Tolerant
No
Heat Tolerant
Yes
Seed Specs
625- 875 seeds/oz (690 avg), 10-14M seeds/lb (11M avg). M=1,000
Seeding Rate
5,000 plants/acre (~.5 lb/acre) transplanting singles, 18” plant spacing, and 6’ center beds.
Harvest
Ripeness is determined by four methods: when the tendril nearest the fruit is dried and brown; when the ground spot has turned from white to yellow; when the blossom end of fruit becomes soft; and the ubiquitous “thump test”— fruit should sound hollow. Cut fruit cleanly from the vine to avoid stem-end rot.
Storage
Store at 45°F and 85% humidity for up to 3 weeks.
Pest Info
  • Striped cucumber beetles cause feeding damage to the leaves, and often transmit bacterial wilt. Larvae feed on the plant roots. Row covers can provide effective protection, but must be removed during flowering to allow pollination. Practice crop rotation and good sanitation to eliminate overwintering habitat. Frequent application of kaolin clay and/or pyrethrum have shown some effective control.
  • Squash vine borer will cause plants to look wilted even when moisture is plentiful. Slice open stem and remove and destroy.
  • Squash bugs can be controlled by handpicking. Bury or compost plant residues at the end of the season.
Disease Info
A relatively new disease called Bacterial Fruit Blotch (BFB) (Acidovorax avenae subsp. citrulli) particularly affects watermelons. BFB can be spread by seed and by infected transplants, as well as from plant residues and/or alternative hosts. Symptoms on seedlings are “oily” dark lesions that typically parallel the veins. Seedlings of some varieties die rapidly, while others persist into maturity and set fruit that will then become contaminated by the inoculum on the leaves. Fruit symptoms are characterized by a dark green stain on the upper side of the fruit. Infection does not penetrate the rind, but eventually causes it to crack and often emit white foam, caused by gases formed by invading pathogens. There are no resistant varieties as of yet. Other cucurbit crops can also be infected by BFB, but the disease does not typically affect the fruit in these crops. However, other infected crops can serve as a source of inoculum for watermelon crops. Due to the prevalence and severity of BFB, customers wishing to purchase over ¼ ounce of watermelon seed must print, sign and submit the Watermelon Waiver. We cannot ship any amount of watermelon seed to South Carolina.
Seed Saving Instructions
 Insect pollinated annual. Unless hand pollinating, isolate different varieties of the same species by 1/4 mile to prevent cross pollination. Tree lines, woods or buildings separating fields can allow for shorter distances. Harvest the melons when ripe for eating. Remove the seeds and pulp and rinse under water until seeds are clean. A light fermentation with a little water can sometimes help in the cleaning process. Simply add 1 cup of water for every cup of seeds and pulp and let sit in a warm place for 2-3 days, stirring daily. Then rinse under water and allow seeds to dry on a plate, cloth or similar clean surface. After rinsed use a 1/2" or 1/4" screen to help with cleaning. Melon seed will remain viable for 4-6 years under cool and dry storage conditions.




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