DIY Watermelons – How To Grow A Watermelon At Home?
How To Save Seeds From Your Own Orchard Or Grown Fruit Tree?
Watermelons Are Easy To Germinate!
What Is The Best Way Of Processing Water Melon Seeds?
The Best Time For Picking Melon Seeds ?
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Dry Watermelon Seeds (Germination)
There are two types of watermelons: sweet and sour. Sweet watermelons are those with a high sugar content like cantaloupes or honeydew melon; they ripen quickly, taste good when eaten fresh, but don’t last long.
Sour ones have a lower sugar content, so they keep longer and taste better after being cooked.
You can easily tell which type of watermelon your fruit tree is by looking at its skin color. If it’s yellowish orange, then it’s likely to be sweet; if it turns brownish red, then it’s likely to be sour.
Dry watermelons tend not to ripen as fast and stay fresher longer than their sweet counterparts. They’re also less expensive than their sweet cousins!
Why Do I Need To Dry My Watermelons Before Planting Them?
If your watermelon does not produce any plantable seeds, it’s probably because you didn’t dry them before planting. In nature, most animals can’t eat watermelon. As a result, the watermelon is designed to be digested much slower in animals by releasing a lot of moisture once ingested. But humans are different – we don’t have such problems with indigestion and can eat as much as we want without a problem. That’s why you need to dry watermelon before you plant them. This way, the watermelon seeds will start releasing moisture and grow rotten inside your stomach before your digestive system can break them down and digest them.
How Do I Dry My Watermelons?
1. Pick Good Watermelons
Firstly, pick only good watermelons with a hard exterior. If you’re growing your own, this shouldn’t be a problem.
But if you’re buying them from the store, make sure that the exterior is firm and doesn’t ‘give’ when you press it.
2. Cut It Open
Secondly, cut the watermelon in half and scoop out all of its innards. You can keep the rind if you want to, but don’t eat it because it tends to be bitter.
3. Leave It In The Sun
Finally, you need to leave the cut watermelons in the sun for a few days – preferably on a metal tray or cookie sheet so the juices can drain out properly. If it’s winter time and it’s cloudy, you can use a radiator or electric heater (but DON’T use an open fire, like a candle!) to provide some warmth and speed up the drying process.
When To Plant My Dried Watermelon Seeds?
Once your watermelons have dried out properly, you need to plant the seeds as soon as possible. If you store them in an airtight container for too long, they’ll start to germinate inside the fruit! Also, if you’re growing your own melons, you need to make sure the soil is warm enough. If not, you should buy a heat lamp or sunny window to provide warmth for your melon seeds as they start to grow.
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Other Types Of Melons (Cantaloupes)
Dozens of other melons grow around the world in various shapes and sizes. Some of the most popular melons are:
Cantaloupes – American cantaloupes have green skin and orange flesh. They can be small and round, or large and oblong.
The flavor varies depending on the variety. Some cantaloupes grow only in North America, while others are also grown in South America, Europe and Asia.
Honeydews – Honeydew melons have a smooth green skin with small warts here and there.
Sources & references used in this article:
SEED PROCESSING AND STORAGE by S our Seeds – 2004 – savingourseeds.org
Greece: A Portrait in Seeds by S Cohen – Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, 2011 – online.ucpress.edu
Collecting and storing seeds from your garden by DL Hatch – 1975 – ir.library.oregonstate.edu
Diseases of watermelons by WA Orton, FC Meier – 1922 – books.google.com
Diseases of cucumbers and melons in Iowa by IE Melhus, OH Elmer – 1925 – lib.dr.iastate.edu
Taylor’s guide to heirloom vegetables by B Watson – 1996 – books.google.com