Sweet Orange Watermelon
Very Sweet 14-18 Lbs
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Orange Crisp F1 Seedless Orange Watermelon Seeds (F1 Hybrid) Very Sweet 14-18 Lbs
Approx seed count per oz 650 +/-
Vibrant orange flesh, has great flavor, very sweet and crisp. 14-18 lbs, round oval, jubilee rind pattern. Holds extremely well. Pollinator required
Always when purchasing a seedless watermelon, get an Open Pollinator or Hybrid seed type melons to pollinate your seedless variety.
SO where does it come from WELL IT IS NOT a man made chemicals. It came from a plant. Colchicine is a medication originally used and still is to treats gout and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
A natural product and secondary metabolite, extracted from plants of the genus Colchicum (autumn crocus, Colchicum autumnale, also known as "Meadow Saffron"). SO this is how you get seedless melons.
Seedless watermelons cannot reproduce on their own, so plant breeders use genetic tricks to produce them. The first seedless watermelon was invented over fifty years ago.
Normally, watermelons are "diploid." This means they have two sets of 11 chromosomes, the structures that contain an organism's genetic material. They get one set of chromosomes from each parent, for a total of 22.
Producing a seedless watermelon involves three steps.
First, a plant is treated or sprayed with colchicine, a substance that allows chromosomes to duplicate, but prevents the copies from being distributed properly to dividing cells. As a result, a plant with four sets of chromosomes is created, a "tetraploid."
In the second step, a tetraploid plant is crossed with a diploid to produce offspring that are. That's right, called triploid, with three sets. They get half the number of chromosomes from each parent.
Finally, the triploid seeds are grown into plants. Although they must be germinated under very careful conditions, once the seeds grow into small plantlets, they grow just like normal watermelon plants. They can produce flowers and the female flowers produce fruit, the watermelons.
However, triploids cannot reproduce sexually. The reason is that the cell divisions that produce pollen and egg cells are very particular; they require precise alignment of chromosome pairs in the middle of the cell, an impossible task with an odd number of copies. Since the triploids have three sets, this crucial process gets mixed up and the eggs inside the watermelon are never formed. Without eggs, the seeds do not grow.
So far so good, except that pollen is still needed to trigger the female flowers to make the watermelons. Since triploid plants cannot produce pollen, farmers grow diploid "pollenizer" plants near the triploids. The diploids produce the necessary pollen, bees carry it to the female triploid flowers, and the seedless watermelons grow. Actually, a few seeds develop partially, so you can find some white, empty seed coats in the red flesh.
When plant breeders developed seedless watermelons, they also selected them for other traits such as sweetness, disease resistance, longer shelf life, and nutritional value.
The people of Knox City, Texas proclaim their city the "Seedless Watermelon Capitol of the World." Perhaps on your next summer vacation you can venture to Knox City for the 17th annual Seedless Watermelon Festival, where you can eat all the free watermelon you please. But don't expect to take part in a seed spittin' contest!