Originating in Russia, and then brought to Saskatchewan in 1903 by immigrants coming to Canada, this 5-10 lb. 10″ diameter, crisp, white to pale yellow fleshed watermelon is a favourite for growing in our colder Canadian climates. Growing 3-5 melons per vine, this watermelon is delicious and has surprised many gardeners with it’s taste, and sweetness.
Sow seeds 1″ deep indoors 3 weeks before last frost or sow directly outdoors 6′ apart in full sun, when all chance of frost has passed. These vines will take up 10′ in whatever direction they decide and do better in compost amended well drained sandy soil. When harvesting be gentle with the skin/rind, and consume the melon within a few days.
Originally from the Poitou Charentes region of Western France in 1920, these grapefruit sized melon’s blue, grey ,green skin turns yellow when ripe and will be more than noticeable in the garden, as the
tropical sweet smell is intoxicating. They have been compared to a cantaloupe but just so much better, sweeter, smoother, with thick, firm, aromatic orange flesh and a small seed cavity. It doesn’t get
Sow seeds 1/4″ deep indoors 2 weeks before last frost, no earlier. Transplant or sow directly outdoors 3 feet apart, 2 weeks after last frost when soil temperature has reached 21 degrees Celsius. Do not
disturb roots when transplanting. Benefits from warm temperatures, by way of cold frame, greenhouse or row cover until they start to flower, and rich composted organic soil. Harvest when blue, green, grey skin turns yellowish and aroma is abundant. and will come right off the vine easily.