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Art Combe's Ancient Watermelon (25 seeds) (WM187) $3.50

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Art Combe's Ancient Watermelon

         
 
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This melon has a green rind and succulent red flesh that is of excellent flavor and sweetness. It is a beautiful melon and a favorite on our farm, easy to grow and producing fruit up to 20 lbs. One of the most fascinating seed discoveries in modern history! In the early 1920s, Art Combe, a Southwestern plant expert and amateur prospector found a small woven pot filled with bright red watermelon seeds in an abandoned sandstone cave in Arizona’s Mogollon Rim. The red seeds are believed to be hundreds, if not thousands, of years old! Art planted the seeds and just a few germinated. The fruit was small and crooknecked, unlike any other watermelon he had ever seen before, but the flavor was incredible! Art grew this ancient Native American watermelon for several decades, selecting the largest and most round specimens. The result of decades of selecting is a superb extra large watermelon with bright red extra sweet flesh. Art used a dry farming technique that allowed him to grow extra sweet watermelons with almost no irrigation in the searing hot desert; these watermelons are extremely heat and drought tolerant! https://www.rareseeds.com/art-combes-amazing-ancient-watermelon/

 
Art Combe's Ancient Watermelon
Overall Rating:
         
4.5
 
 
Number of Reviews: 11
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.5

81.8% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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2 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Yelanfam Farms
Location:
Clover, SC, United States
Date:
July 1, 2019
          3.0
 
Great taste but not sweet.
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.5
 

What are the pros? Easy to Grow, Great Taste

What are the cons? Not Very Sweet

Review:

I started these seeds indoors this year, and transplanted May 1st. Got my First ripe melon July 1. The melon isn't very sweet, but the watermelon flavor and taste is what saves it. I personally will not be growing these again, because people want sweet melons. These would be great for beer and wine making because of the intense melon flavor though, just not good for eating cold on a hot summer day.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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7 out of 7 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Cassie Lea
Location:
Alpine, TX, United States
Date:
March 10, 2019
          5.0
 
Worth the time and effort
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.5
 

What are the pros? Great flavor, great story

What are the cons? Long time to mature, few fruit

Review:

Despite the lack of fruits, which was probably my fault for planting them too close to another type of crazy watermelon, and despite the long time to maturity, the fruit was delicious and these were pest resistant and pretty drought hardy. The fruits are not large, get between 3-5 pounds and have a lot of seeds (good for sharing!!), but they tasted SO good! The best of all the watermelons we grew. I love the story of this ancient heirloom and it makes for great conversation. I will definitely be giving them another chance out here in the Chihuahuan Desert with lots of sun.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Michaella Valkenaar
Location:
Statesboro, GA, United States
Date:
January 18, 2019
          2.0
 
Set fruit but few ripened.
Easy to Grow 2.5
EarlyMaturity 1.5
 

What are the pros? A few crooked melons.

What are the cons? Fruit rotted before ripening.

Review:

We grew these both at the Botanic Garden and my own home. At the garden we grew them on a fence, to keep away the rot. The vine set few fruits, which took a very long time to ripen. At my home they sat on the ground, and rotted before they could set fruit. Two melons did ripen, but we were not impressed with the flavor. This might be a good melon for Nevada, but not southern Georgia.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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14 out of 15 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
XAnthos Earthkeepers
Location:
Champaign, IL, United States
Date:
November 26, 2018
          5.0
 
Stunning Delicious
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Shape, Color, Size, & Taste!

What are the cons? commercial roundness

Review:

We loved growing this watermelon. Our goal is to keep the handled ones because we love it's uniqueness. No one in our entire city is growing this watermelon. The flavor is unmatched!! We will be growing these again. We're amateur gardeners, but we found it pretty easy to grow. Thanks!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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17 out of 18 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
tailypo2
Location:
Cedarcreek, MO, United States
Date:
November 16, 2018
          5.0
 
Pestresistant Interesting
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Size & shape variety; flavor

What are the cons? None

Review:

I grew this because I was intrigued by its history, but will continue to grow it because it was the easiest, most prolific & interesting melon I've ever grown. Most reviews here say the melons were few & small, but that was not my experience. From 4 plants (I had no trouble with germination) I got over 40 melons! While some didn't mature before the frost hit them, at least 30 did & they ranged from around 10 lbs. to almost 40 lbs. for one whopper! The smaller ones tended to be those with the crookneck characteristics (not long necks, but definitely the genetics for the original squash-neck shape) while the largest were more typically oblong "watermelon-shaped". My only complaint is that they took forever to set fruit after flowering abundantly for over a month! Once they did set fruit though, they really took off. I had NO pest problems at all - basically a plant & forget crop. I used no fertilizer but they were planted where an old goat shed had been and deeply mulched with straw.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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