Harvested from the gardens at Monticello.
By the 1840's Mountain Sweet Watermelon was extremely popular in the Mid-Atlantic States and, because it shipped well, was grown almost exclusively for the Philadelphia and New York City markets. The large melons are round to slightly pear-shaped and the bright scarlet-red flesh is extremely sweet.
Direct sow seeds in hills or rows after the last spring frost; for hills, sow 6-8 seeds per 12"-wide hill, then thin to the best 3 plants per hill. To grow in a shorter season, start indoors 3-4 weeks before last frost. Watermelons prefer light, fertile soil on the dry side. Approximately 10 seeds per packet.
|Exposure||Planting Method||Planting Depth||Plant Spacing||Days to Maturity||Size at Maturity|
|Full Sun to Part Shade||Direct Sow||1"||Thin to 4' apart, rows 5'; or hills 4-6'||90-95||12-18"H|