The following are some tips for growing a sugar baby watermelon:
1) You need to have a good understanding of how to grow a watermelon.
If you don’t, then it will be difficult for you to understand what’s going on with this article. So, let me give you all the basics first before I go into details about the other things that may or may not work for your situation.
2) You should start out with a small one.
Smaller ones tend to produce smaller fruit. That’s why they’re called watermelons. They’re also known as water melons because their flesh is usually sweetened with sugar rather than juice like most fruits. The reason why you want to get started with a small one is so that you can get used to handling them and getting used to the whole process of growing them.
3) There are two types of watermelons.
Sweet and Sour. They both taste different but they’re very similar in terms of size. The main difference between them is that sour ones tend to be sweeter and have a stronger flavor while sweet ones tend to be less sweet and have a weaker flavor.
4) When you buy a watermelon, it comes in various sizes depending on its weight.
These include: 1/8″, 3/16″ and 1/4″. They also come in different shapes depending on how round they are. These include: Round, Color Choice, Large Oval, and Small Oval.
You may also notice that they have different variations of coloring on them. These variations are only found within the same types and sizes listed above. For example, if you have a 1/4″ Round Ivory mound with green stripes, then you know that it’s from the Sweet Watermelon group and that it came from Texas.
5) Watermelons are heavy and awkward to carry around, so it’s better if you buy them from your local farmer’s market or grocery store.
If that’s not an option, then you can always buy them online.
6) Once you get your watermelons home, you’re going to want to keep them in a cool location like a basement or refrigerator.
A dark location is best so as not to expose them to a lot of light which can cause them to spoil.
7) You can either let them stay in these locations until you’re ready to use them or you can cut them up and store them in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
Most people prefer doing this because it takes out all the guesswork on serving sizes and it keeps the fruit from spoiling so quickly.
Now that you know the basics, let’s get into the fun stuff. The following is knowledge that you may or may not find useful depending on your situation.
Storing Watermelon Seeds:
1) If you want to store watermelon seeds for next year, allow the fruit to fully ripen (the green part at the bottom disappears and it turns yellow all over).
After this has happened, cut the fruit in half lengthwise with a sharp knife.
2) Remove the pulp and any bits of fruit that might have come off with it.
All you should be left with at this point is the hard shell and the white part that holds the seeds (This part is also known as the mesocarp).
3) Place this in a large container or bowl and cover with water.
If you let it sit for a few days, the white part will start to ferment and produce a sugary liquid.
4) After a few days, drain off the liquid into another container.
You can keep this to drink or discard it. What you want to do now is take a wooden skewer (or something similar) and start separating the seeds from each other by pushing them through the mesocarp.
5) Place these seeds on a paper plate, cover with a paper towel and place this in the fruit drawer of your refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.
The fruit drawer is the best place because it’s the coldest spot in there.
6) After 2-3 weeks, take the seeds out of the refrigerator and dump them on a paper plate.
What you want to do is discard any seeds that are not perfectly formed or have blemishes on them. At this point, you can either keep these for planting or discard them and keep only the perfectly formed ones for planting.
7) Place the seeds you want to plant in an envelope and store them in a dry, cool location until you’re ready to plant them.
You can either eat the watermelon mesocarp or throw it in the trash.
Why store watermelon seeds?
There are a couple of reasons why you might want to store watermelon seeds. The most common one is if you like to grow a lot of different types of watermelons in the same area (backyard). Each variety is going to require a certain amount of time to fully ripen and if you’re growing more than one type, you’ll find that you run out of room pretty quickly since each plant takes up quite a bit of space.
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