Chelsea Watermelon​

$3.00

  • Organic
  • Round fruits grow to 15-20 pounds
  • Pink flesh with white seeds
  • Sweet and keeps well once picked
  • 30 Seeds/2g

This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.

Item Details

In the early 1900s Chelsea, Iowa was famous for melons grown on the sandy hills north of town. Farmers would fill their horse-drawn “triple box” wagons in the field, haul them to town, and sell the melons right from the wagons. Today SSE member Marvin Kucera is the only person growing this watermelon in Chelsea. Sweet, pink-fleshed, 15-20 pound fruits with white seeds will keep for several weeks once picked. 80-90 days.

History of the Plant

Paris says the true ancestor of the modern watermelon is indigenous to northeastern Africa: citrullus lanatus var. colocynthoides, known as gurum in Sudan and gurma in Egypt.

Learn to Grow Chelsea Watermelon

Start Indoors: 6 weeks before last frost

Germination: 7-14 Days

Plant Outdoors: 24-36” Apart

Support: Cage, stake, or trellis

Growing Media

01

Grow

Move watermelons to the greenhouse or, if you don’t have a greenhouse, place them under a protective cloche in the garden for warmth. A minimum temperature of 16°C is recommended for growing on.

02

Soil

Watermelon develops a much more robust root system under drier conditions when the roots are forced to explore water deep in the soil.

03

SOILLESS

Start seeds and root cuttings using a soilless mix.

03

HYDROPONICS

Thrives in a variety of hydroponic systems, including NFT, slab, and media-based systems. Use perlite or mineral wool as the growing medium.

03

AEROPONICS

Cuttings will root in aeroponic systems.

Care

01

WATER

Requires moderate levels of water. Once established, they are fairly drought tolerant. Even soil moisture is necessary to prevent cracking fruits and blossom end rot. Avoid getting water on the leaves.

02

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The seedlings will emerge in 7-10 days. As soon as they emerge, provide plenty of light by placing the pots on a sunny windowsill.

04

fertiliser

Watermelon seedlings do not need much fertiliser. Only start feeding them when they are 3-4 weeks old. Use a starter solution, which should be half the strength of complete indoor houseplant food, according to the manufacturer’s directions.

05

Light

Keep the soil moist and warm, at a temperature of 21 – 22°C.

Nutrients

01

NUTRITIONAL

0.6 grams fiber, 9.4 grams sugars, 11.5 grams total carbohydrates, 10.9 grams net carbohydrates

02

MEDICINAL

Watermelon is around 90% water, which makes it useful for staying hydrated in the summer. It can also satisfy a sweet tooth with its natural sugars.

Amazing Recipes of Yellow Pear Tomato (Coming Soon)

Greenhouse to Your House
4.4/5

Vibrant and full of natural watermelon flavour, this Watermelon Granita recipe is your go-to summer treat.

4.5/5

I originally made this salad in 2016 for a cookout with friends. I wasn’t sure what the reaction

4.5/5

1/2 cup sugar syrup (see recipe below using Chelsea White Sugar)
4 cups seeded watermelon chunks

4.5/5

Watermelon is the ultimate refreshment on a hot summer’s day. These gorgeous layered popsicles will go down a treat with the whole family.

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