Secretariat is an early-maturing variety that is very high yielding. It offers a smooth, medium-green exterior with green stripes and has a nice round-oval shape. Interior characteristics include tiny pips and firm, crisp, deep red flesh. At 80 days, the early maturing, high-yielding, compact vines are off to the races to provide troves of wonderful 16 to 18-lb. fruits, loaded with a succulent firm, crisp, deep red flesh.
Seedless watermelon varieties need to be grown with seeded watermelon varieties for fertilization, so multiple watermelon plants need to be planted together to ensure seedless melons.
Secretariat Seedless Watermelon
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.