Weeks NC Giant watermelon crosses, 2019

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Weeks NC Giant watermelon crosses, 2019

Raifu
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Here's a picture of our largest watermelon to date, this season (I'm guessing it's 17lbs; there are some potential contenders). It's not huge, but it's large for our garden. It has pink flesh and black seeds. It may, or may not, have a winter watermelon in its ancestry.

This was one of the first ripe watermelons, this season. I had it in the refrigerator for a while. It was good, but not super sweet or anything. A little under-sweet, but definitely still good. It may have had more flavor and sugar if grown in another spot, I'm guessing. It's near where the Coldset tomato was last year (which didn't have a lot of flavor there, either, although the fruits got large and nice).

Weeks NC Giant cross watermelon fruit, whole. Striped rind; oblong fruit.
Weeks NC Giant cross watermelon fruit, whole. Striped rind; oblong fruit. A hand is shown to help demonstrate the size.
Weeks NC Giant cross watermelon fruit, sliced in two, on a glass cutting board. It has pink flesh and black seeds. Another watermelon can partially be seen to the left. Part of a blender and a kitchen sink can be seen.
Location: SW Idaho, USA
Climate: BSk
USDA hardiness zone: 6
Elevation: 2,260 feet
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Re: Weeks NC Giant watermelon crosses, 2019

Raifu
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Here's another watermelon from the same planting site (there are likely three plants in the same spot; so, it might be considerably genetically different). I harvested it, today, and it's also large for our garden. I think maybe it's bigger than the last one. This is the largest long watermelon fruit I've grown in our garden, so far.

An 18lb Weeks NC Giant cross watermelon fruit, whole, with a hand on it. It is labeled with black marker. Part of another watermelon can be seen.
An 18lb Weeks NC Giant cross watermelon fruit, whole, on a countertop. Another watermelon can partially be seen.
An 18lb Weeks NC Giant cross watermelon fruit, whole, on a countertop. Another watermelon can partially be seen.
Location: SW Idaho, USA
Climate: BSk
USDA hardiness zone: 6
Elevation: 2,260 feet
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Raifu
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This second fruit in the previous post is between 18 and 19 pounds (weighed on 6 Mar 2019).

forum_record (For heaviest watermelon; yeah, I know it's a very beatable record; please beat it!) (Also, for heaviest long watermelon.)
Location: SW Idaho, USA
Climate: BSk
USDA hardiness zone: 6
Elevation: 2,260 feet
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Re: Weeks NC Giant watermelon crosses, 2019

Raifu
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On 9 Sep 2019, I opened the fruit, and we ate part of it. It has a hollow crack inside it (maybe the beginnings of hollow heart syndrome, which is interesting since I hardly watered it; maybe another who lives here watered it more than I knew). The taste is somewhat preferable to the first one. The texture is nice. It has stanard-colored watermelon seeds and/or almost black ones. They're kind of large seeds. The rind was very thick.

I did refrigerate it for a few days before we tasted it.
Location: SW Idaho, USA
Climate: BSk
USDA hardiness zone: 6
Elevation: 2,260 feet
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Re: Weeks NC Giant watermelon crosses, 2019

Raifu
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The one with stars was ripe, today! I harvested it. I hope we like it.
Location: SW Idaho, USA
Climate: BSk
USDA hardiness zone: 6
Elevation: 2,260 feet
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Raifu
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On 28 Oct 2019, we cut it open and ate it. I don't remember what it tasted like. I did save seeds.
Weeks NC Giant cross watermelon fruit, with stars, whole, being held in one hand. The rind has faint stripes.
Weeks NC Giant cross watermelon fruit sliced in two. It has pink flesh and dark seeds. It is on a wooden cutting board. The fruit has stars, but only one star is only partially visible.
Weeks NC Giant cross watermelon fruit with stars, sliced in two, on a cutting board. It has pink flesh and dark seeds. The rind has stripes.
Location: SW Idaho, USA
Climate: BSk
USDA hardiness zone: 6
Elevation: 2,260 feet
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