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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 South Western 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 were 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: 8
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0

100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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4 out of 4 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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3 out of 4 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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2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Roshebrew
Location:
Paradise, CA, United States
Date:
October 9, 2018
          4.0
 
I want to love it
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Tasted pretty good.

What are the cons? Spindly plant

Review:

I do really want to love it. Only one I set out made it and then it got shaded out by the moshatas which is not unusual. I plan on putting it out in an area by themselves next year. I got one little watermelon that was just hanging on but I ate it and it was good. It was not great, but really for barely living it was encouraging so next year I will be back at it with much more info on growing it. I did get some more seeds from it though as there were no other melons to cross with so that is exciting. I did not have good germination on this and some other squashes and I use the "winter sowing" method but they were started in the house with warmer temps for germination. Next year the soil will have more sand right in the middle because I think that rot on them were an issue. Anyway, I am looking forward to 2019!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Red Barn
Location:
Olympia, WA, United States
Date:
September 16, 2018
          4.0
 
Fun to grow
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Vigorous growth, long vines

What are the cons? Only one melon per plant

Review:

Here in the PNW, melons of any kind are a challenge to grow. I planted two plants per porcelain cast iron tubs on the south side of the garden. They got plenty of heat, good composted soil and water. The vines are a nice vibrant green with plenty of blossoms. Each plant in the bathtubs were also a bit crowded with two bell pepper plants, so it could be they were competing for nutrients. I only got one melon per plant. I just harvested the first melon early Sept. when I saw the yellow coloring underneath. Pleasant eating. Lots of seeds to save. This melon is also super sweet with plenty of water/moisture. I believe it could have been picked a couple of weeks ago, but I wasn't sure if it was ready. So now I'll pick the 2nd melon and enjoy. Recommend getting the plants ready inside or in a greenhouse so it is of good size before putting out in the garden next year. Our springs are wet and cool, so the ground took longer to heat up. Enjoyed growing and will try it again!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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3 out of 14 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Cuz its our Farm homestead
Location:
Oklahoma city, OK, United States
Date:
March 6, 2018
          5.0
 
Got the seeds
Easy to Grow 0.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Great price

What are the cons? Wish was more in package

Review:

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Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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