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89.1% would recommend this item to a friend.
12 out of 13 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? Heat tolerant & delicious
What are the cons? None
This is a great watermelon for those of us gardening in the Desert SW. Since it's early (I can usually plant it around the middle or end of March) it beats the heat. Seems very disease resistant, but would probably benefit from growing on a trellis to avoid splashing water on the leaves and fostering mildews. Since I use drip irrigation I haven't had any problems.
The flavor is to die for. Seriously sweet and juicy. It's an heirloom so of course there are seeds but not as many as others I've grown (such as Desert King).
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7 out of 8 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? Excellent flavor
What are the cons? The bears think so too
Grew this the last two years. Grew Sweet Dakota Rose a couple years before. Both matured here at 5,800 feet in the foothills of the Rockies. But Blacktail Mtn matures maybe a week earlier and has somewhat better flavor. I get maybe 6 or 7 melons in a 4x8 raised bed, ripe in mid-to late-September. Always lose the slowest melon or two to frost. Unfortunately, this year we had a bear break down a six-foot wood fence and eat all of our watermelons one evening in September, maybe a week before they should have been ready.
What are the pros? BEST taste, short season
What are the cons? a bit of seeds
Ya'll, these watermellons are THE REAL DEAL. Living in NH, I didn't think that I'd be able to grow decent watermellons, but boy was I wrong! While there are a bit of seeds, which can be frustrating sometimes, THAT FLAVOR!! It's totally worth eating around the seeds for the juicy, sweet, bright red flesh. If you live in an area where you can grow larger, less seedy heirlooms, I might still reccomend that just to avoid having so many seeds, but for anybody who lives in a short season area, TAKE HEART!! Blacktail Mountian will fufill all of your watermellons dreams. But watch out, you'll find yourself craving one of these babies as you're watching feet of snow come down in the middle of winter....
Oh, I should say that these still don't get ready to harvest until early september because the summer is so cool. But even if your teeth are chattering while you're eating these, you'll still be so glad that you grew them. The vines produce very well, I probably get 3-4 watermellons per vine!
5 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? Easy to grow, early maturity
What are the cons? Earthy taste
Medium sized fruit, ripened after 60 days, very nice juiciness, medium crunch, medium sweetness, earthy aftertaste
43 out of 44 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? Juicey and Sweet
I actually started these melons late indoors and then planted them late ( 2nd week of June ) outdoors and then still was able to harvest
these melons by Labor day. Outstanding taste. The melon does have many seeds which is great if you are a seed saver. After you
taste this watermelon you will never want to eat a seedless melon again. The best of these melons will be about the size of a bowling
ball or larger. The smaller ones will be hit or miss due to size and growing conditions. If you are new to growing watermelons
this should be the one you try first. Make sure the tendril starts to dry out and then harvest.