Moon and Stars Watermelon
(Citrullus lanatus) Originally introduced in 1926 by Peter Henderson and Company, and thought for decades to have gone extinct, Moon and Stars was eventually rediscovered by Merle Van Doren of Macon, Mo. Uniquely colored melons are very large (20-40lbs) and feature large yellow "moons" surrounded by many smaller "stars". Leaves are similarly spotted. The flesh is pinkish-red with good flavor and juiciness. Moon and stars' seeds are larger than other varieties, but for those of us who like our watermelons with seeds, that only means that we can spit them farther. 85 days to harvest. 25 seeds per packet.
CULTURE: Direct sow seeds outdoors 2 weeks after last frost, once soil temps have reached 70 degrees. Sow 3-5 seeds per hill with 3 to 4 feet between hills and to 8 feet between rows. Under ideal conditions germination will occur in 5-8 days. Watermelons are ready to harvest when the tendril nearest the melon has dried and the belly of the melon has turned yellow.
So far so good! After slow start due to cold and rainy spell, all seeds planted up and growing and looking healthy.
Each seed that was planted has grown into a plant.