Moon & Stars (Cherokee) Watermelon

$3.00

  • Organic
  • Elongated fruits grow to 24 inches long
  • Fruits weigh up to 10-16 pounds
  • Sweet pink flesh
  • Speckled rind with “moon” and “star” markings
  • 95 days
  • 30 Seeds/2g
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Item Details

Eye-popping and scrumptious with bright pink sweet flesh and black seeds, this variety produces fruits that are about 2′ long and weigh 10-16 pounds. Introduced in 1924 as Sun, Moon and Stars by Peter Henderson & Co of New York. This strain is from Mereel Hales of Oklahoma who feels it is a pure example of the original variety Hales received it from a Cherokee man in Mississippi. 95 days.

History of the Plant

Originally released in 1926 by the Peter Henderson Seed Company of New York, The Moon and Stars watermelon was lost into obscurity within a few decades. It was not until later when it was re-released in 1981 by Merle Van Doren of Macon, Missouri, that the melon truly found widespread enthusiasm.

Learn to Grow Moon & Stars (Cherokee) Watermelon

Direct Seed: 1/2" Deep

Seeds to Hill: 6-8 Seeds

Thin: To 3-4 Plants

Light: Full Sun

Growing Media

01

Planting

Watermelons are tender annuals that require warm temperatures to germinate and fruit. Sow seeds directly into garden soil when all danger of frost is past. Plant ½” deep, 3 seeds per hill. Space hills 12-18” apart with 6’ row centers. Thin to one strong seedling in every hill. Plants may be started indoors for transplanting. Sandy, well-drained soils are best.

02

soil

Prefers loamy soils that will hold moisture but not become boggy. A soil pH between 5.0 and 7.0 will keep plants happy and healthy with an ideal range falling between 6.0 and 6.8.

03

SOILLESS

Seeds will germinate in most soilless mixes but prefer those that contain coco coir or well-rotted manure which hold moisture well.

03

HYDROPONICS

Will thrive in hydroponic systems such as an ebb and flow system

03

AEROPONICS

Will thrive in an aeroponic system.

Care

01

WATER

Requires high levels of water, so aim for 1–2″ per week and decrease as the fruit begins to form, ceasing watering altogether a week or so before harvest. Avoid wetting leaves by watering at soil level when irrigating as moisture on leaves can encourage disease.

02

NUTRIENTS

A relatively heavy feeder, plants will do best if soil is amended with a rich compost or manure prior to planting. Prior to flowering, give plants a nitrogen rich fertilizer and switch to fertilizers heavier in potassium once they flower.

04

FOLIAR

An Epsom Salt foliar will help plants uptake nutrients from the soil and composts, while a weekly application of fish emulsion in the earlier stages of growth will help your plants produce large fruits later on.

05

MULCHING

Using a dark colored cloth around your plants can help the soil retain heat and keep down weeds.

Nutrients

01

NUTRITIONAL

As watermelons are mostly water, they are not as jam-packed with nutrients as some other fruits, but that doesn’t mean they are without nutritional value. Watermelons contain significant amounts of vitamin(s) C and A as well as the antioxidant compound, lycopene.

02

MEDICINAL

Some studies have suggested that lycopene may reduce the risk of certain cancers such as prostate, stomach, and lung. It’s furthermore been tentatively linked with reducing blood pressure and improving bone health.

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