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Charleston Gray No. 133 Watermelon

Charleston Gray No. 133 Watermelon

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Charleston Gray No. 133

90 days — The rinds of 'Charleston Gray No. 133' are medium thick, tough, grayish-green in color with darker veining, and with dark red flesh. The fruit are oblong shaped with rounded ends and reach twenty to forty pounds in weight. Along with excellent flavor for fresh eating, the rinds are generally thick enough for pickling applications.

The original 'Charleston Gray' was developed and introduced by the ARS Vegetable Breeding Laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina in 1954.[1] 'Charleston Gray No. 133' was stabilized from a selection of 'Charleston Gray' by a "Mr. Stevenson from India"[2] for improved disease resistance, and introduced in 1961. Each packet contains two grams, which is approximately 20 seeds.
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Planting Instructions: The seeds can be directly sown in spring after the soil has warmed or started indoors four weeks before the last expected frost. Indoors, plant two to three seeds per pot, ½ inch deep, thinning to the best plant. Do not disturb roots when transplanting.

Outdoors, plant three to four seeds, ½ inch deep, in hills spaced four to six feet apart. Transplant or thin to two plants per hill. Young plants are cold sensitive and some cover protection at nights may be required. Mulch or cultivate to control weeds. Informational References:

• The watermelon cultivar 'Charleston Gray' was developed and released to the public by Charles Fredric Andrus, a horticulturist at the USDA/ARS Vegetable Breeding Laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina. 'Charleston Gray' is resistant to several major diseases of watermelon, produces high yields in a wide range of geographical regions, and handles long-distance shipping with little damage. 'Charleston Gray' has been used in numerous breeding programs for the development of improved watermelon cultivars throughout the world. Source: "Vegetable Grower's News," May 16, 2019.

• "Vegetable Cultivar Descriptions for North America – Watermelon (A-L): Lists 1-27 Combined," Edited by Gary W. Elmstrom, SunSeeds Co. (Bayer-Nunhems), Acampo, California and Fred McCuistion, Seminis Vegetable Seeds, Tifton, Georgia, and Tammy L. Ellington and Todd C. Wehner, Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.