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Fancy having a go at growing your own chin-drippingly juicy watermelons? This is the variety for you, as it is well suited to our unreliable summers. Yielding up to five large, heavy, red-fleshed fruits per plants, we recommend growing Red Star F1 on black polythene to allow more heat to reach the plants.
Sow indoors April-May singly on edge in pots. Depth Half-inch/1.5cm Temperature 60-68°F/15-20°C Harden off Late May Plant out June, protect with fleece if there is a risk of colder weather Grow on black plastic or ground cover to enable more heat to get to the roots or place plants in large pots in the greenhouse. Once at least one male and one female flower has formed (female flower will produce a swelling behind the flower bud) and are fully open, use a fine art brush to take pollen from the male flower and introduce to the female flower. The fruit will start to swell within 7-10 days. Once 2 or 3 flowers have been pollinated it is advisable to remove the growing tip to encourage full size fruit. Harvest August-October.
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