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Page d257315c b480 4113 a4ce 07d5e8257024 grandeWatermelon, Sugar Baby (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO)

  • Popular and early "Icebox" variety produces uniform 8" round heirloom watermelons.

    - Each fruit weighs appx. 8 - 12 lb.

    - Drought resistant variety

    - Thrives in hot temperatures and direct sun

  • Day to Maturity | 75 days
     
  • Best Months to Plant  |  [April - June]  Watermelons are heat-loving plants that need lots of sun. They grow on a long vine, so make sure to give them plenty of space to roam around.


 

 


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Where do Seedless Watermelons come from?

 

When a run-of-the-mill watermelon and a souped-up frankenmelon love each other very much, they come together and make a baby seedless wundermelon.

Seedless watermelons are a lot like mules – sterile hybrids formed by crossing genetically incompatible parents. Normal, seeded watermelons are diploid (have 2 sets of chromosomes) just like us, with one set from mom and one from dad. When the two combine, their seeds grow into a plant that looks like a combination of its parents. Just like us.

But sometimes farmers treat some of their watermelons with colchicine, a chemical that allows chromosomes to duplicate but prevents them from splitting into two cells. This creates a tetraploid – a super-squash with four complete sets of chromosomes. The fruit isn’t genetically modified; cells contain the same DNA as standard melons – just twice as many.

Next, the farmer introduces this new tetraploid watermelon to a regular melon. If they hit it off, they’ll produce a triploid melon with 3 sets of chromosomes. This offspring will grow up to be a normal looking vine that produces flowers and fruit. But when it tries to reproduce, the chromosomes can’t divide properly. This means that real seeds never develop.

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