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Characteristics: Annual vine
Seed per packet: 6
Heirloom variety used in the 19th century for making preserves, pies etc. Round fruit 4-5kg, with firm, white flesh similar to the rind of a watermelon and bright red seeds. Long vines. Hardy and stores well.
Tropical climate: All Year Round
Temperate climate: Spring to Early Summer.
Cool climate: Mid-Spring to Early Summer.
Sow: 20mm deep
Plant space: 1m
Row Space: 1.5m
Germination: 6-10 days
Maturity: 15-20 weeks
Best sown direct early in the season. For earlier planting in cooler climates raise in pots in warm conditions and transplant after 3-4 weeks. Requires temperatures of around 18-20°C for germination.
Sow in rows 40-60cm between plants and in rows 120cm apart
If sowing direct, plant 3-4 seeds 15mm deep in mounds, later thinning to the two strongest plants.
Plant in a free-draining soil in a position with full sun.
For best results fertilise and keep well watered, keep soil moist and avoid overhead watering where possible.
Harvest after 75-90 days when the stem turns brown and begins to break away from fruit.