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Little Darling is a compact, rugby ball-shaped watermelon variety that is sweet and juicy. It is a compact version of the Great American Watermelon, with dark rinds and red flesh. Little Darling watermelons are smaller in size (5-7 lbs.) and can produce up to four fruits per plant.

Little Darling Watermelon

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  • Plant seedlings 2'–3′ apart in rows 6–8′ apart. Watermelon seedlings are tender! Do not disturb roots when transplanting, and water thoroughly.

    Watering: When they are younger, watermelon plants require lots up water, up to 2 inches per week. If you are able try not to water the fruits 1 week before harvest as over-watering can cause bland fruit.

    Days to Maturity: There are 2 good ways to tell when a watermelon is ripe: 1) the tendril nearest the point on the vine where fruit stem attaches is browning/dead. 2) the spot where the fruit rests on the ground is pale yellow. (See each variety for days to maturity)

    Harvesting:  Once a watermelon is picked, it doesn’t ripen any further. To harvest, take a knife and cut the watermelon from the plant, cutting the stem close to the fruit. 

    Tips: Pruning the plant is not necessary, but it may direct more energy to growing the fruits. If you choose to prune, remove the small vines that grow laterally. To prevent rotting, gently lift the fruit as it gets bigger and turn it.

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