Watermelon - Blacktail Mountain
Approximately 20 seeds per gram.
The Blacktail Mountain watermelon is one of the earliest watermelons to mature in our northern climate. The plant produces on average 6-8 solid dark green watermelons that are 20-23cm (8-9”) round and can weigh 1.3-5.4kg (3-12lbs) each. The candy red flesh is super sweet and crunchy. Blacktail Mountain is perfect for the short season area and does well in hot humid climates as well.
Make lots of room for the Blacktail Watermelon, as it spreads 1.5-1.8m (5-6’) in any direction. There are 5 ideas of thought regarding the proper harvesting time of watermelons. (1) Some people thump them and listen for a dull sound. (2) Some people scratch the skin and believe that if the rind scratches easily the melon is ripe. (3) Some people look at the underside, where the melon has lain on the ground, to see if the color has changed from white to cream-colored. (4) Some people look to see that the tendril closest to the stem is turning brown and drying out. (5) Some people (like me) thump, scratch, look at the underside of the melon and then take a look at the tendril closest to the stem and just grab the largest melon and hope for the best.