The golden rind of this unique watermelon may confuse you but when you slice into the bright red, juicy flesh you will see that it is all watermelon. The rind is very thin and Golden Crown was bred for both earliness and excellent disease resistance. The oblong fruits run 3 to 6 pounds and flavor is deliciously sweet. 20 seeds
Indoors- Individual biodegradable peat/ cowpots 1/2” deep, 3-4 weeks before last frost with soil temperature 70 degrees. Transplant 36” apart after last frost without disturbing the roots.
Outdoors- 1/2” deep after last frost in warm soil at least 70 degrees.
Harvest- Look for the following signs as it does take some practice on telling when they are ready to harvest. The closet tendril to the stem dries, there is a crack in the stem that attaches to the watermelon to the vine, where the watermelon touches the ground it should be a butter yellow color, give it a knock with your hands it should sound hollow, the skin is dull, and slipping of the stem from the melon with slight finger pressure.
Tips- Plant in fertile soil amended with compost or well rotted manure and keep well watered. They benefit from growing on black plastic and by using row covers for weed, insect control, and more rapid growth.