Watermelon, Crimson Sweet
Large 25 lb. striped watermelon.
Large, round melons averaging 25 lb. are light green with dark green stripes. Flesh is dark red, firm and fine-textured. Resistant to Fusarium wilt and anthracnose. 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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Watermelon, Crimson Sweet is rated out of 5 by 6.Rated 5 out of 5 by chihuahuaman12 from Crimson Colors I sowed 10 seeds into seed pellets and all sprouted! I transplanted them into top soil and they spread about 7 feet when their vines matured. Each vine had around 2 to 3 large watermelons. Unfortunately we lost a couple to squirrels and chipmunks, so make sure you set up a barrier between your melons and the munks. I got around 20 melons weighing in at a little under 20 pounds. I was very pleased and had a watermelon filled summer. Their crimson color was as red as holly berries! If you want to direct sow these seeds lay the seeds out on toilet paper on the ground 3 inches apart. Toilet paper will let you see the black seeds, gives you a place to order the seeds, and will dissolve quickly underground. Cover with an inch of fine soil. The sprouts will appear in a week or less and are bright green with two large oval leaves. When they stand 3 inches high, transplant the healthier, bigger ones 8 feet apart in one row, and the smaller ones 6 feet apart in a different row. Pick away any dying seedlings. You have to separate the stronger and the weaker seedlings or else the stronger ones will shadow out the smaller ones. In a couple weeks strong vines will appear. If any of the vines joint or bend fix them straight or they will grow white at the joints and break. Spray vines and leaves with bug spray with cayenne pepper powder as this will repel insects that will eat and destroy your crops. One burpee product is called "Hot Pepper Wax" and that will work well. Do NOT spray flowers. The flowers are big and yellow and form the watermelon. Bees will come and pollinate the flowers to encourage fruit production and make honey for themselves. If you spray the flowers it will repel the bees. If bees aren't coming you could use another burpee product the HoneyBee Magnet to entice bees into coming to your flowers. Out of the flowers will grow the melon. Try not to touch or move to melons or flowers because they are fragile and will break. Wait until the supporting vines are strong and thick to move a melon if you have to. When you go to grocery stores and markets watermelons and other melons will have a rough grey, beige bruise on them. That is where the melon was sitting on. If you find this unattractive, place foam, bubble wrap, a wet sponge or any soft material under the melon to prevent the bruise. Harvest the melon when it is around 30 pounds. Harvest all the melons big or small if the vines die. Pick yellow and dying melons. When you want to eat the melon cut it into nice big crescents. eat the red not the green part. Try not to eat the seeds either! You can also cut them into cubes but that is a little harder! Good Luck! Happy Planting!;)Date published: 2012-12-10Rated 5 out of 5 by pharmgirl from Good Flavor Of the 3 varieties of watermelon I planted, these fared the best. I planted them in seed starters and then transplanted them. They grew to a medium size melon with lots of flavor despite the hot dry weather we've had this summer. The first one we cut open, my husband said it was the best watermelon he had ever tasted. I plan to plant these again next year.Date published: 2012-08-14Rated 5 out of 5 by indigosand from Dummy-proof! These were my pick after my "moon and stars" melons failed to germinate. I didn't have many choices but boy, am I glad I picked these up! The vines grew about 8' long trailing down a warm slope and we got 7 melons from 3 plants, all larger than a basketball and sweet as could be! Perfect icebox size, not too big or too small. This will be in my garden next year too!Date published: 2011-08-27Rated 4 out of 5 by Greene from Very Sweet Crimson Sweet watermelons is usually what everyone grows where I live. It is very sweet & crisp and puts on about 2-3 melons per plant. Most of my melons average about 10-15 pounds each. Very good for hot dry weather as long as you grow where water will puddle around the main stems.Date published: 2011-07-24Rated 5 out of 5 by gt3corn from crimson sweet The best watermelons out there! very easy to grow.Date published: 2008-02-19Rated 5 out of 5 by UtahDavid from Impressed with Crimson Sweet This was the first year I've planted watermelons, and wasn't sure which variety to plant. I planted two crimson sweet plants, which grew quickly and spread out quickly as well. The yield was small, about 1.5 fruit per plant, but each one was bigger than a basketball and was absolutely wonderful. We ate one right out of the garden, which was sweet with a great texture, and although seeded, wasn't overly so. The second we refrigerated before eating. This one was excellent as well. I may add another variety next year, but I will be planting Crimson Sweets every year from now on!Date published: 2006-10-08