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Sweet Dakota Rose

Citrullus lanatus
HOW TO GROW WATERMELON

Start indoors 3–4 weeks before last frost, plant out 2 weeks after last frost. Direct seed every 18” when soil is 70˚F. Store at 45˚F. Optimal temperature for plant growth is between 80-95˚F with nighttime temperatures above 70˚F. Water transplants more early on, sparingly as plants mature. Mulch to prevent weed competition. One beehive is suggested per acre for seedless varieties. The most commonly used signs of fruit maturity is to check if the tendril bearing the fruit has dried and withered or if the ground spot has turned a warm yellowish cream color. A number of seed growers give watermelon seed a 1 to 2 day fermentation period which helps free the seed from all endocarp material. Soil pH 6.5-7.5. Hardiness zones 4-9. Annual.

Days from maturity calculated from the date of seeding. Average 625–875 seeds per ounce. Average 15M seeds per acre. Federal germination standard: 70%. Usual seed life: 6 years. Isolation distance for seed saving: 1/2 mile.

Planting Depth 1/2-1”
Soil Temp. Germ. 70-95˚F
Days to Germ. 3-8
Plant Spacing 2-3’
Row Spacing 6’
Days To Maturity 80–90
Full Sun, Moist Well Drained
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Sweet Dakota Rose is well adaptable to cool, short seasons and fluctuating weather conditions. Developed by David and Theresa Podoll to grow in cool, short season climates, good for high altitude and northern climates. It has been called one of the sweetest, open-pollinated watermelons and has few, small seeds. With...
Sweet Dakota Rose is well adaptable to cool, short seasons and fluctuating weather conditions. Developed by David and Theresa Podoll to grow in cool, short season climates, good for high altitude and northern climates. It has been called one of the sweetest, open-pollinated watermelons and has few, small seeds. With a thin but firm skin and pink flesh, it handles and stores well. A 15-20 lb delight. Tags: Harvest: Early, Color: Red, Shape: Round, Season: Summer, Certification: Organic.
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Sweet Dakota Rose

Citrullus lanatus
Sweet Dakota Rose is well adaptable to cool, short seasons and fluctuating weather conditions. Developed by David and Theresa Podoll to grow in cool, short season climates, good for high altitude and northern climates. It has been called one of the sweetest, op...
Sweet Dakota Rose is well adaptable to cool, short seasons and fluctuating weather conditions. Developed by David and Theresa Podoll to grow in cool, short season climates, good for high altitude and northern climates. It has been called one of the sweetest, open-pollinated watermelons and has few, small seeds. With a thin but firm skin and pink flesh, it handles and stores well. A 15-20 lb delight. Tags: Harvest: Early, Color: Red, Shape: Round, Season: Summer, Certification: Organic.
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HOW TO GROW WATERMELON

Start indoors 3–4 weeks before last frost, plant out 2 weeks after last frost. Direct seed every 18” when soil is 70˚F. Store at 45˚F. Optimal temperature for plant growth is between 80-95˚F with nighttime temperatures above 70˚F. Water transplants more early on, sparingly as plants mature. Mulch to prevent weed competition. One beehive is suggested per acre for seedless varieties. The most commonly used signs of fruit maturity is to check if the tendril bearing the fruit has dried and withered or if the ground spot has turned a warm yellowish cream color. A number of seed growers give watermelon seed a 1 to 2 day fermentation period which helps free the seed from all endocarp material. Soil pH 6.5-7.5. Hardiness zones 4-9. Annual.

Days from maturity calculated from the date of seeding. Average 625–875 seeds per ounce. Average 15M seeds per acre. Federal germination standard: 70%. Usual seed life: 6 years. Isolation distance for seed saving: 1/2 mile.

Planting Depth 1/2-1”
Soil Temp. Germ. 70-95˚F
Days to Germ. 3-8
Plant Spacing 2-3’
Row Spacing 6’
Days To Maturity 80–90
Full Sun, Moist Well Drained

Meet Your Farmer

We promote fair trade, organic practices and environmental responsibility throughout the Restoration Seeds supply chain. Below are the family farmers and seed suppliers who bring our open pollinated seeds to you.

Prairie Road Organic Seed Certified Organic by Intl. Certification Services Seed grower since 1997
The family garden and a tradition of selective seed-saving for agronomic performance under organic conditions in northern climates and superb eating qualities, provides the basis for seed production at Prairie Road Organic Seed. Certified organic since 1977, David, Dan and Theresa Podoll began producing certified organic seed in 1997.

The Podolls have released four varieties bred in the garden and selected for the family table, including Uncle David’s Dakota Dessert squash, Dakota Rose watermelon, Dakota Black popcorn, and Dakota Sport tomato. They specialize in tomato seed improvement and production of many heritage varieties. Other seed crops include sweet corn, flint corn, pumpkin, beet, carrot, leek, cucumber, grey proso millet, rye, triticale, oats, buckwheat, and poppy.

The Podolls have cultured a rich family history of cooperative involvement and the Family Farmers Seed Cooperative was a natural fit philosophically, economically and socially. Cooperation and exchange have been the basis of varietal improvement and seed development for millennia. For the Podolls, the Family Farmers Seed Cooperative builds on that heritage and wisdom of the ages.
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