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California Orange Watermelon
Orangeglo: This variety has a very sweet orange pulp, and is a large oblong fruit weighing 9–14 kg (20-30 pounds). It has a light green rind with jagged dark green stripes. It takes about 90–100 days from planting to harves.The OrangeGlo Watermelon is widely regarded as the best of the yellow and orange watermelon varieties that are being grown today. This delicious watermelon variety features a very crisp, very sweet and very flavorful bright orange flesh with large cream colored seeds.
The watermelons themselves are of a long oval shape similar in apperance to the famous variety Georgia Rattlesnake and features a dark green rind that has darker stripes, which wind up producing an effect that is similiar to the skin of a Rattlesnake. The rind is very thin and it is not a good shipper. Still, OrangeGlo is still often the favorite of long time watermelon farmers who grow this great tasting variety for their own use at home as well as selling at Farmer's Markets. Each OrangeGlo Watermelon averages 30 to 50 pounds in weight.
Watermelons are a popular summertime fruit and many people choose to grow their watermelons around the time that the school children are let out of school for the summer and the public pool starts to open up. In fact, many pool parties are popular because of the fact that watermelon is often served as a summer party-time snack. Not only is watermelon healthy but it’s a good and sweet-tasting fruits as well. Whether you want a pink watermelon or you want to try your hand at growing a yellow, white, or orange one, there are many watermelon growing instructions that you’ll need to carefully pay attention to. All in all, watermelon is not hard to grow. If you want to successfully grow watermelons then there are several things that need to happen. Keep in mind that the most crucial part to growing watermelon is probably the watermelon growing site itself!
Your first concern should be the watermelon site. Where you grow your watermelons is the most important. Two factors are important for a watermelon site and those are direct sunlight and an open wind source that the air gets ventilated and moved about through the watermelon patch. After you’ve found your site for the watermelon plants you want to prepare the soil by purchasing fertilizer from a garden center or greenhouse to mix into the soil. Choosing light fertilizer is best so that the soil isn’t too acidic, yet watermelons can stand a bit of acidity in the soil.
When you are ready to plant the watermelon plants you’ve purchased from a garden center, you’re ready to dig the holes! Since watermelons are fairly large, the holes should be about a foot deep and one-and-a-half to two feet wide. This will ensure sufficient room for the watermelon as well as provide more than enough wiggle room when they finally sprout and grow. After you place the watermelon plants in the hole, cover them up with loosely packed soil with some of the fertilizer that you’ve purchased. As far as spacing, 4 to 6 feet apart is best just to allow for growing room for the type of watermelon that you have. If you prefer, you can also use mulch after you cover up the watermelon plants in order to hold moisture and prevent too many weeds. )
A watermelon plant cover can also be used; this cover can be purchased from a garden center as well. But as soon as the watermelon flowers start to grow then you want to remove the cover to make sure they have room to breathe and pollinate. As soon as the watermelons start to grow, you’ll probably be amazed at how fast the obtain growth spurts. However, it is recommended that they be left alone for approximately twenty-five to thirty days to allow for full blooms of the watermelon fruit.
Once you have seen them grow about as big as they’re going to, though, you can feel free to pick the watermelon fruit and wait for the next batch of watermelons. Watermelon fruits will always be popular during the summer season so the more watermelon the better and will more than likely be appreciated by everyone!