What Is Desert King Watermelons?

Desert King Watermelons are a type of water melon with a long history. They were first cultivated in the United States during the late 1800’s. These melons have been grown since then in various climates around the world. They are known for their high yield and low maintenance, making them ideal for small orchards where they provide excellent yields and good quality fruit year after year.

The name “desert” comes from the fact that these plants grow in arid environments. The name “king” comes from the fact that they produce large fruits with a very thick skin, which makes them hard to peel and eat.

How To Grow A Desert King Watermelon?

There are several varieties of desert kings available today. Some of them are red, some are purple, some have stripes and others don’t even have seeds! All of them grow well indoors or out.

If you want to grow a drought tolerant watermelon vine, you need to choose one that produces large fruits with a thick skin. The best ones will have at least three rows of fruit. You’ll also need to select one that grows well outdoors in all seasons.

If it doesn’t, it won’t survive the winter months when your watermelons aren’t producing enough fruit.

You’ll also want to pick one that isn’t prone to disease and insects. This will save you a lot of headaches down the road.

Keep your Desert King Watermelons hydrated. This is especially important in the first couple months as they are establishing themselves in their new location. The more watermelons you have, the more water you’ll need.

One fruit can go through a lot of water, so make sure you have a drip system or something similar set up before you plant seeds.

How To Take Care Of Desert King Watermelons?

Since these are desert plants, they do best with low amounts of water. Don’t over water them though! If you’re growing them in soil, make sure it drains well and consider lining the bottom of the hole with rocks to help improve drainage. This will prevent the roots from sitting in soggy dirt for too long and rotting.

You want to keep these guys well hydrated and nourished. You can do this by placing a layer of compost around the plant and watering it in. Once a month, spread compost around the base of the plant to nourish it and keep the dirt loose.

When planting, make sure you choose the right spot. Desert kings need full sun and when planted in the ground, they should be in a location that gets at least 8 hours of sunlight per day. If you live in a cooler climate, they’ll need some shade during the hottest hours of the day.

Desert kings do best with at least 60-90 days between frost and first frost. If you’re in an area that gets frosted before this time period, it is best to choose a different variety or move your garden to a place that get more frost free days.

It’s important to keep these fruits off of the ground. If you see roots coming out of the base and into the air, pick up the plant and trim off the top inch of root. This will encourage the plant to send out more roots.

How To Get Desert King Watermelons To Ripen?

Desert kings will turn yellow when they’re ripe. They should be heavy for their size and have a hollow sound when you knock on them.

If you want to ripen them up quickly, put them in a cool place (55°-60°F) with high humidity (90%) and good air circulation. This will speed up the process so they’re sweet and delicious!

How To Store Desert King Watermelons?

Ideally, you’ll want to eat these guys right away! They are perishable and will only last for 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator.

You can extend this time by wrapping them tightly in cling film and putting them in the crisper section of your fridge. They can be kept like this for up to a month. If you need to store them for longer than this, cut the watermelon up into pieces, wrap them tightly and keep in the freezer.

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You can then just take out as much or as little as you need when you want to eat it.

How To Eat Desert King Watermelons?

Desert kings are sweet fruits which are delicious eaten on their own! You can also use them for juicing or making any kind of fruit cocktail. They’re also perfect for baking or making into watermelon cocktails.

Recipe

Here’s a great recipe for watermelon cocktail that’s perfect for parties!

You Will Need:

¼ cup sugar

1 cup water

1 bottle of vodka (750ml)

4 cups of watermelon, chopped into large chunks

How To Make:

Put the sugar and 1 cup of water in a pan over medium heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Let this mixture cool then stir in the vodka. Place the watermelon chunks in a blender and blend until smooth.

Stir the blended watermelon into the vodka mixture then put it in the freezer until very cold. Serve in martini glasses or cocktail glasses.

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Enjoy!

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