Watermelon

Watermelon

Because of the growing consumer preference, we only grow seedless watermelons that are round in shape. They grow to about 15 pounds, and exhibit a rich red seedless flesh. Recently we’ve also enjoyed great success with yellow watermelons, which are novel in appearance, yet maintain a delicious authentic watermelon taste.

We grow around 1,000 watermelon plants in raised beds with trickle irrigation to water only the roots. They are started in the greenhouse around the first of May, and they are a little difficult because they are notoriously fickle seeds, so we place them in the warmest section of the greenhouse. Then in about three weeks, they’re transplanted into the field with a protective cover for early spring weather.

Seedless watermelons are somewhat quirky in that they are a sterile plant, not producing any pollen. So we must plant another type of watermelon which produces lots of male flowers so that the honey bees then pollinate our seedless, sterile plants so that they can produce fruit. It is very difficult to determine perfect ripeness for harvesting so we check this crop especially carefully. Find our delicious red or yellow seedless watermelons at our Farm Stand, and our other retail locations.