ROCKMELON Collective Farm Woman

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Citrullus vulgaris

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Characteristics: Annual fruiting vine

Seed per packet: 20

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An old heirloom Ukrainian variety from Crimea that was cultivated on collective farms. It produces round 1-1.5kg fruits 20 cm across with superb extra sweet highly fragrant flesh. Early to maturing fruit that stores well for several weeks.

Well worth growing, harvest when the skin turns from green to orange.

Tropical climate:All Year Round
Temperate climate:Spring to Early Summer.
Cool climate: Mid-Spring to Early Summer.

Sow: 20mm deep
Plant space: 1m
Row Space: 1.5m
Germination: 6-10 days
Maturity: 15-20 weeks

Best sown direct early in the season. For earlier planting in cooler climates raise in pots in warm conditions and transplant after 3-4 weeks. Requires temperatures of around 18-20°C for germination. 
Sow in rows 40-60cm between plants and in rows 120cm apart
If sowing direct, plant 3-4 seeds 15mm deep in mounds, later thinning to the two strongest plants.
Plant in a free-draining soil in a position with full sun. 
For best results fertilise and keep well watered, keep soil moist and avoid overhead watering where possible. 
Harvest after 75-90 days when the stem turns brown and begins to break away from fruit.

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