Charleston Gray Watermelon (85 days) A long, light-green watermelon, possessing the following fine qualities: Strong against sunburn and Fusarium wilt and resistant to 3 races (susceptible to 1 race) of Anthracnose. A high yielder of top quality melons, weighing 28 to 35 pounds that are highly acceptable on the market. The thin rind is unusually tough, making it a good shipper.
Sow seed after all danger of frost has passed. If early crop is desired, plant in pots, 4-5 seeds per pot, in a glass covered bed 2-3 weeks before last frost in spring. A well drained sand loam soil with a pH of 5.0 – 6.0 is ideal. Do not plant on land where melons were grown before, even if four or five years before, if you have other good land. The vines remove something from the soil not readily replaced, and following crops may produce deformed melons with black or shriveled ends, even from the best of seeds. Fertilize with a quality garden fertilizer. Sidedress with Nitrate of Soda. Plant 6-8 seeds in hills spaced 8-10 feet each way. Gradually thin the plants out to one or two per hill. Three pounds of seed will plant an acre; one ounce will plant 50 hills.