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80 days. This watermelon brings another color of the rainbow to your fruit plates. New Queen matures early and exhibits a stunning bright orange flesh that is tender, crisp, and juicy. Very few seeds and a 12% sugar content round out this exciting release. The melons are globe-shaped and have light green rinds with distinctive dark green stripes. Each weighs about 5–6 pounds.
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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Success at last

Watermelon is one of my favorite "fruits," but I've never had success growing one. Until now: New Queen, despite weed pressure, produced delicious and juicy melons. I will plant these again for sure! Thank you, Territorial.

Grown in a large storage tub in Kirkland, WA

This is the first time I've tried growing watermelon. I learned a couple things. First when germinating in my garage under LEDs to provide side heat to the containers as well as bottom heat. Second check plant daily and hand pollinate when ideal female and male flowers are present. I put two plants in a very large storage tub with lots of manure/compost and miracle grow organic potting soil. There was plenty of room in my side yard for the vines to spread out. I got 4 nice size little melons the flavor was excellent and the texture crisp. I had a little trouble determining when they were ripe because the bottom spot never turned yellow but the first one cracked on the vine and when I brought it in and carved it, it was delicious. The next one I carved cracked as soon as I hit it with a carving knife. One of these beauties is still sitting in the back of my refrigerator waiting until I finish it's predecessor. I had a couple friends tell me I couldn't grow watermelon here because It's not hot enough. They were wrong. I plan on growing them again next year!

Soil Temp for Germ 70–85°F
Seed Depth ½"
Days to Emergence 3–10
Soil Temp for Transp 60°F
Plant Spacing 3–4'
Row Spacing 5–6'
Fertilizer Needs High
Minimum Germination 80%
Seeds per Gram ≈ 20–40
Seed Life 3 years

Melons: Cucumis melo
Watermelons: Citrullus lanatus

The sweet succulence of summer-ripe melons is irresistibly tempting, but the health benefits of these luscious fruits shouldn't be overlooked. Look to red-fleshed melons to fortify the heart and urinary tract. Yellow and orange flesh types provide support to the immune system, heart and vision. Green-fleshed varieties promote strong bones and teeth as well as vision health. We've selected varieties that are successful in both southern and northern gardens.

Days to maturity are calculated from transplant date.

• Melons and watermelons perform best in fertile, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0
• Apply 1/2 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer and a shovelful of compost to each plant
• Watermelons are less tolerant of cool conditions than melons — the use of plastic mulch or floating row cover is highly recommended
• Monitor the temperature under the row covers on hot days, especially early in the season
• Remove covers prior to flowering for pollination

Direct Sowing
• Soil temperature is critical for good germination and only recommended in warmer climates

• Start indoors in 4 inch pots, 3-4 weeks before anticipated transplant date
• Grow the seedlings under dry, warm conditions
• Avoid letting starts get root bound; transplant carefully as to not disturb roots
• Fertilize seedlings with a balanced liquid fertilizer, such as Age Old Grow

Insects & Diseases
• Common insects: Cucumber beetles
• Insect control: Pyrethrin and row covers
• Common diseases: Bacterial wilt and powdery mildew
• Disease control: Zonix
• Disease prevention: 3-4 year crop rotation, avoid overhead watering

Harvest & Storage
• Cantaloupe will easily slip from vine when ripe
• With other melons, check the leaf where fruit is attached to the vine — fruit is mature when this leaf begins to yellow
• Watermelons are ready for harvest when the tendril closest to the fruit is dry and brown or when the bottom side of the fruit is yellow
• Melons and watermelons will not ripen off vine
• Pick in the cool of the day and chill quickly
• Melons: store at 40°F and 95% relative humidity
• Watermelons: store at 50-60°F and 85% relative humidity

A | Anthracnose
AB | Early (Alternaria) Blight
F* | Fusarium Wilt

MNSV | Melon Necrotic Spot Virus
PM* | Powdery Mildew
PRV | Papaya Ringspot Virus
WMV | Watermelon Mosaic Virus
ZYMV | Zucchini Yellow Mosaic Virus
*Numbers indicate specific disease race.

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