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Watermelon Seed 'Charleston Gray'

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Citrullus lanatus 'Charleston Gray'

  • Dating back to the 1950's this variety is perfect for protected growing in the UK.
  • Elongated fruits have a grey-green fairly thick skin.
  • Inside the flesh is pinky-orange and crisp to the bite.

Supplied as a packet of 8 seeds.

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GBP1 or more £2.35 each
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Pollinator Friendly

Dating back to the 1950's, this variety has long been popular in the US. Over here it is probably the one thing that causes the most surprise with visitors to our nursery when they see them growing here. "You can't grow watermelons in the UK can you?" The answer is of course yes!

The elongated fruits can grow to up to 2 feet (60 cm) long and have a grey-green skin; inside the flesh is pinky-orange and is perfectly crisp and juicy.

Growing more like a pumpkin or squash, the plant needs to be allowed to sprawl in as sunnier spot as possible - ideally under protection (greenhouse, polytunnel or similar) though a really warm and sunny sheltered spot outside should also be fine.

Recommended by the RHS to be an excellent attractant and nectar source for bees and other beneficial insects.

  • Sow under protection in pots late February to April.
  • Place seeds on end, blunted end pointing downwards in compost - simply push into compost out of sight. Water thoroughly and germinate at a temperature of 75F (24C).
  • When seed leaves are developed reduce temperature to around 65 - 70F (18 - 21C).
  • Plant out late March (heated greenhouse) or late May (unheated greenhouse), or later if growing outside. Plant one per growbag or straw bale or one per large pot.
  • Allow the plant to sprawl as it wishes - it should spread to no more 5 feet (1.5 metres) in diameter.
  • Rest the fruits on straw or similar to keep the clean and prevent slug damage.
  • Top Tips
  • Protect newly sown seeds from mice. Mice are notorious in 'sniffing out' seed of this nature.
  • Keep the soil / compost moist - watering around the plant, not the foliage.
  • Fruits are ripe when they have an almost hollow ring when tapped - and also when the pale underbelly of the fruit has changed from white to off yellow in colour.
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