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Frequently Asked Questions


Here is a small sampling of questions I have received about growing our giants. I will be glad to help further the sport by giving my two cents worth and updating this page as I receive new questions.


What variety of watermelon do we grow?

Carolina Cross.


Do you sell seeds?

No, at this time I don't sell seeds. I do however recomend getting quality seeds from the Bright family in Hope, Arkansas at:

Giant Watermelons
P.O. Box 141
Hope, Arkansas   71802

They also sell a paperback book about growing giant watermelons that's well worth the $4.25 cost of the book.


What type of soil do watermelons like?

Well-drained sandy loam soil. Adding sand to a field that is mostly clay or hard dirt will increase your chances of growing these hybrids to large size.


What type of climate do these watermelons like?

Long hot days around 90 degrees are a watermelons delight.


What type of fertilizer do you use?

Horse manure and water soluble fertilizer. I use a drip irrigation system and I am still experimenting on the wide selections available on the market.


How long do these melons need to grow?

115-120 days to reach maturity. This is an extremely long season.


Do these watermelons taste good?

You bet! Look at the pictures on this site and the expressions say it all!


How many melons do you leave on a plant?

One per vine if you want really big melons. My friend, Bill Carson, grew 1,200 pounds of melons on a single vine. Now that's incredible!


How much space is needed to grow these giants?

They should be spaced at least 12 feet apart in all directions. Try to simulate an end row for each plant so they don't compete with each other. I suggest growing fewer plants with adequate room than crowding them together. These vines can get enormous.


How do you know when they are ripe?

A giant watermelon is ripe when it stops gaining weight. Weighing these melons is risky business but it can be done. Measuring them daily is a safe way to know when they are reaching maturity. The rind color gets dull in the final stages of growth.


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