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Watermelon, Carolina Cross #183 Heirloom

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Gigantic, delicious watermelons, many over 200 lb.

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These enormous watermelons are oblong with light green stripes and are ready to harvest just 100 days after sowing. GARDEN HINTS: For early fruiting and to overcome a short growing season, start seeds in a warm, well-lighted indoor area 3 to 4 weeks before last spring frost. Before transfer to garden, accustom plants to outdoor conditions by moving to a sheltered area outside for a week. Grow on plastic mulch to control weeds, conserve soil moisture and protect fruit by keeping it off the ground.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

100 days

Fruit Weight The average weight of the fruit produced by this product.

50-200 pounds

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

96-120 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

15-24 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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Days To Maturity
100 days
Fruit Weight
50-200 pounds
Full Sun
96-120 inches
15-24 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Sow Time
After Last Frost
36 inches
Life Cycle
Watermelon, Carolina Cross #183 Heirloom is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Monster melon One hundred pounds and still growing. No added fertilizer just planted seed and watched it grow.
Date published: 2016-09-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bland. White. Unripe? Picked this huge watermelon that appeared ripe, it weighed over 16lbs. Cut it open and it is white, not even pink, with large white seeds. It looks like a giant cucumber! the taste is very bland. Is it just unripe? I can't imagine that the inside would turn red in the next couple weeks. Planted from seed. I tried to attach a picture; got an error message.
Date published: 2016-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent melon Second year growing this variety. Three vines yielded 15 melons from 25 to 40 lbs. Excellent taste. Very sweet.
Date published: 2016-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Attack of the Mellon I planted 4 seeds and 4 sprouted and have 4 plants. July 26 my first mellon appeared on a vine *' from the root. It is now over 12 " as of August 11. They have reached across my corn patch and into my cantelope patch. They did ok on 1 gal per day drip irrigation but now I am adding water with the garden hose for extended periods of time. They are growing in a deep mlch of woodchips with a gallon sized hole base of compostred worm and horse manure mixed with sand and miracle grow. 4 stars for growing so fast but cannot give 5 until I taste it!
Date published: 2011-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from HELP!!! I am growing Carolina cross watermelons. This is my first time ever growing watermelons. I have had 3 get to the size of a soft ball and split on me. I had one that was about 5-6 " long and about as fat as a little kids arm and got really soft so I picked it off thinking it was rotting. Now I have one the size of a soccer ball a little odd shaped not longated and part of it got real soft and seemed to stop growing so I picked it. Of course it is not ripe. Anyone have any tips on the growing process I would greatly appreciate it. I just want at least one good sweet melon I can eat.
Date published: 2011-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from nice size with little care i got 47, 28, 78 pound melons with no fertilizer or waterings. im trying for a 100 pounder this year with 10 10 10 fertilizer and regular waterings.
Date published: 2010-05-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Any helpful hints? My Carolina Cross seeds are finally starting to sprout. I planted them during the first week of April. If I can get them growing, does anyone have any tips on getting some big ones? I want to miracle grow, but don't know how big plants need to be...thank you!
Date published: 2008-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun to grow These Watermelons are very fun to grow. I grew one to 50 pounds recently with a bad year and little care. With a good year and more care I could have easily gotten a 100 pounder. I have grown giant pumpkins for over 10 years and have found they require almost identical growing conditions as giant watermelons do. So if you provide good fertile soil, weekly fertilizer of miracle grow 20-20-20, or 10-10-10, and shade the melons once they reach about six inches long. You should be able to grow a giant! I will deffinitly be growing these melons again this year.
Date published: 2007-05-22
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