(76 days) F-1 hybrid. Our 2013 summer hunt for yellow-skinned luster and excellent quality showed Diana supreme. Easily bested past-favorite Golden Crown, AAS winner Faerie and open-pollinated Golden Midget, with a 10.3 Brix reading dwarfing Midget’s anemic 7.4. Oval 2.2 lb melons look as if their light skins were painted with bright yellow stripes. Bright red flesh with crunchy texture, sweetness and complex flavor, unmarred by the small sparse seeds, won over our warehouse staff. Showed good productivity of 6 fruits from two hills in a poor melon year. “A hit, lovely golden rinds and very sweet flesh,” sums Janine Welsby of Ohio. Sold by seed count. ③
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Citrullus lanatus1 gram packet about 20 seeds, sows 7 hills; 1⁄16 oz packet, packet about 40 seeds, sows 14 hills. 1 oz=about 670 seeds.
Culture: Harvesting watermelon at proper ripeness is an art. Thumping should produce a low, hollow sound. Spread thumb and forefinger and press hard on fruit. If you feel any give, watermelon is ripe. Don’t heed the traditional advice to wait for the closest tendril to brown—that may be too late. Minimum germination temperature 60°, optimal range 75–95°.