Four varieties of seeds for growing contest entries
are available from Giant Watermelons.
CAROLINA CROSS: This is the largest watermelon variety. All watermelon world records over the past thirty-five years have been set using this variety. This variety just grows and grows. It continues to grow even after ripening. There are noticeable variations within the variety such as length, width, seed color, rind contour, and growth rate. All of the Carolina Cross variations sold by Giant Watermelons are capable of growing watermelons in excess of two hundred pounds each. Buyers can choose seeds from individual watermelons listed by weight or they can choose from pooled seeds of young seed melons. The advantage of using the young random seeds is better germination. A first time grower of this variety would be wise to read the growing instructions before planting.
JUMBO BLACK DIAMOND:The seeds are from 4th generation watermelons grown from the cross of a 178 Bright 1977 with a 156 Bright 1981. The 4th generation watermelons had a solid green rinds and black seeds. The 5th generation may have a few variations.
BLUE RIND: This variety first appeared in O.F. Lloyd's Cobb Gem field in the 1970's. It apparently started as an accidental cross of a White Seeded Tom Watson and a Cobb Gem. This variety has the rind color of a Black Diamond and the shape of a Cobb Gem. It is a good eating watermelon and can grow to reach as much as one hundred sixty pounds.
HYBRID BLACK DIAMOND: These seeds are from Willhite Black Diamond plants that were hand pollinated with pollen from plants grown from 156-pound Blue Rind seeds. These seeds were produced specifically for growers entering Black Diamond contests.
COLOSSAL CANTALOUPE: Giant Watermelons has sold this line of cantaloupes since the early 1980's. It is a giant cantaloupe that easily reaches twenty-five to thirty pounds. Most of the best ones of this line weigh in the forty pound range. Johnnie Morton of Concord, NC grew a fifty pounder out of this line. This variety grows largest when grown with just one fruit per plant. They respond to boron and need good amounts of water. They rot on the bottoms in wet soil but do fine if rolled onto their sides to keep dry bottom surfaces. Like other vine crops, they do not do well with heavy amounts of nitrogen.