In Search of a Great Watermelon

I love watermelon, and I have for years. The annoying seeds have never deterred me from the succulent flesh of a deliciously ripe, red, sweet watermelon. Other melons are nice as well, but they just aren’t the same as watermelon.

Someday I hope to grow a really great watermelon. Growing up in northern Wisconsin, growing watermelon was really just folly. The growing season was not long enough (or hot enough!) to produce a truly tasty melon. When I lived in Ohio I grew numerous melons in trials for the company I worked for, but none of them were watermelons.

Now I’m here in Kansas, where I KNOW that it is possible to grow delicious melons, and I’m itching to try it. Unfortunately, the Demo Garden is a bit small for melons. Maybe we’ll find a way to try it next year?

Which brings me to another point. Do you like seedless watermelons? I understand that the seeds are a major annoyance for a lot of people. However, I have to say that I have had extremely bad luck in selecting excellent tasting seedless watermelons. I don’t think it is just me – I think everyone has a hard time selecting a good seedless watermelon because the really delicious ones are hard to come by. Now, I know that it is still too early for prime melon season. They are still coming out of Mexico. But I bought a seeded watermelon last weekend (the first time I’ve seen them around in a couple years!), and it was really good! No, it wasn’t the best melon I’ve ever tasted. No, it wasn’t perfect. But it was a far cry better than any of the seedless watermelons I’ve bought in the past year, with possibly one exception. (I’m giving my memory the benefit of the doubt here.)

What experiences have you had with seedless watermelons? Are they all they’re cracked up to be?

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on May 20, 2009, in Around the Garden. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I have yet to find a really good seedless, though Beck’s Farm had some surprisingly decent ones last year or maybe the year before. IIRC Sarah didn’t know the variety, since they came from their co-op swap thingy, from a farm in Arizona(!).

    I still have yet to find anything that can match a good Black Diamond however, and of course the proper response to “Is that a seedless?” is to laugh hysterically, because I think those are about the “seediest” melons I’ve ever seen. But worth it.

    I got some 7″-squares trellising mesh that I’m tempted to use to try vertical watermelons and/or pumpkins, but I figure the SVBs will get them anyway, so I’m not holding my breath.

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