How are watermelons grown?
There are three things you need: sun, seeds, and bees (though we like to say there are four because we put a lot of love into our watermelons!).
Farmers generally grow watermelons in rows (8-12 feet apart) and on raised beds (4 to 12 inches high) of well composted, sandy soil. Tiny watermelon plants from a nursery are transplanted into the beds.
Honeybees must polinate every yellow flower on the watermelon vine to produce fruit. In a month, the vine may spread 6 to 8 feet. Within 60 days there are melons set on the vine. Our crops normally mature in 90 days.
The rind of a watermelon isn't quite as tough as it looks. That's why they are handpicked and packed.
Is a seedless watermelon GMO?
No, not watermelon (seedless or other variety) is grown from GMO seeds. Simple cross breeding is how seed breeders create new varieties with specific traits.
Did you know you should wash your watermelon? According to the FDA, you should wash all fruits and veggies in clean, running water before you eat them. This is true for all fruits and vegetables, rinds or not! You should also use clean knives and cutting surfaces, and make sure you have washed your hands before preparing your delicious watermelon.