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Post  Eric Lingo on 3/23/2015, 3:18 pm

ok I am going to be growing black diamond watermelon this spring they avrage 30-50lb melons with the upper limits in the 125lbs range

so my question is trellis..slings..ground..or what?

last year I did crimson and I left them on the ground..just put a steping stone underneath fruit to keep them from direct contact with the ground

this planting I am wanting to try and maybe do a trellis..but my concern is with this variety would a trellis be the way to go and just be cautious of the fruit by supporting it in some way
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Post  camprn on 3/23/2015, 3:27 pm

This is not an ideal variety for SFG. If you want to trellis the melons, choose a different variety. You will have better results with traditional cultivation of the Black Diamond watermelon.

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Post  boffer on 3/23/2015, 3:30 pm

125 lb. watermelon?

golly gee whiz


Even if you did build an extra-sturdy trellis, and figured out a sling, you'd still face the problem of getting the melon to the ground in one piece without hurting yourself.

I'd put this guy on the ground, and find another type of melon or squash to grow on a trellis.
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Post  Eric Lingo on 3/23/2015, 4:30 pm

I am a big guy..so IF it actualy grows to be 100+ lbs..it wont effect me all that much on moving it..I am more concerned with it ripping off the vine..or other weighted issues like that


and ya Camprn its going in a non SFG bed
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Post  brainchasm on 3/23/2015, 7:21 pm

Hay bale.

I'll be doing Carolina Cross #183 this year, which can top out over 200lbs.


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Post  Eric Lingo on 3/23/2015, 10:59 pm

interesting idea..hay bale if it actualy reaches the 100+ mark I might have to do something like that
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Post  sanderson on 3/24/2015, 2:45 am

or flakes from the bale of bedding straw under the monster!

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