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Dark Knight F1 Untreated Watermelon

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85% germination. Prices listed represent a 5% savings.

This newest variety from the breeders of Sweet Gem, is similar in shape and size but adds much needed disease tolerance to the True Black rind type. Dark Knights round fruits are sweet with dark red flesh that is firm with an improved tolerance to hollow heart.

Note: Growing triploid watermelons requires a pollinator.

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Specifications

DAYS TO MATURITY.: 80 (from transplant)

FLESH COLOR: Red

IR (Intermediate Resistance): Co 1, Fon 1, PX 1

PVP (Protected Variety Patent): N

RIND PATTERN: True Black

TYPE: Triploid (seedless)

WEIGHT: 14-17 lbs


Growing Triploids Information

GERMINATING TRIPLOID WATERMELONS:
Germination requirements for triploid watermelon are not as daunting as it may seem as long as you follow a few basic requirements.
- a sterile seed starting mix sown in trays of 128 cell size or lager
- constant moisture or 95% humidity for a minimum of 3 days (do not overwater)
Once seed has germinated, reduce temperature to 80 degrees F and water normally. 
As seedlings become established adjust temperatures to produce a sturdy plant.

GROWING TRIPLOID WATERMELONS:
Despite popular perception, triploid aka seedless watermelon may contain underdeveloped seeds or pops, and in certain conditions tur hard seed, therefore triploid watermelons are not guaranteed to be "seedless." Triploid watermelon are sterile hybrids that require a diploid watermelon for cross pollination.

Two important considerations:
1) Select a pollinizer that is a different rind color than the triploid so when it is time to harvest your fruit you can identify the triploid from the diploids.
2) Use a 30% ratio of pollinizer plants to triploid plants. Honey bees prefer to move up and down a row instead of across rows. Plant pollinizer plants in the same row planting 1 pollinizer or diploid plant fore very 3 triploid plants.